FRANCE. Aéroports de Paris (AdP) Chairman and CEO Pierre Graff and Air France-KLM Chairman and CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta have signed a protocol agreement concerning the design and operation of the S4 boarding satellite, the future extension of Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal 2E.

This signature marks the official launch of the project and illustrates AdP’s ambition to co-operate with customer airlines from the preliminary design stage through to delivery of the facilities.

The building, with capacity to handle over seven million passengers annually and intended for use by SkyTeam alliance members, will come into service in 2012. Initial construction work has already begun to the east of the hub.

The protocol describes the main specifications of satellite 4 (such as handling capacity, number of aircraft parking stands, level of IATA quality), and defines the framework for co-operation between AdP and Air France regarding project follow-up, as well as the drafting of specifications for the future baggage sorting systems at satellites 3 and 4.

“I am very pleased with the signing of these protocol agreements which will benefit our two Groups and contribute to strengthening the appeal of the hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle,” stated Graff.

“This agreement marks a historic phase in the relationship between Aéroports de Paris and its main customer Air France. This is the first time that we will be joining forces with an airline to work on the preliminary design of a facility on such a vast scale. Through our joint co-operation, we can accurately pinpoint the customer’s requirements, fix the necessary investment amounts and agree on the building delivery schedule.”

Spinetta added: “The Air France teams are extremely pleased with their current relationship with Aéroports de Paris, allowing them to build together a modern and efficient facility for the Air France-KLM Group’s customers.”

In 2007 Paris Charles de Gaulle posted robust traffic growth of +5.4%, handling a total of 59.9 million passengers, including 37 million SkyTeam alliance customers.

With close to 1,000 daily flights, the aiport handles some 100,000 passengers departing from and arriving at the hub on a daily basis, i.e. over 40,000 passengers and 35,000 connecting bags.

In this context, Satellite 4 will be able to offer additional handling capacity in 2012, contributing to the continued growth of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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