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Airport news • 24 June 2014 • The International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Association strongly condemned the strike action by French air traffic controllers which targets vacationers at the start of the busy summer holiday season...
Issue 6 2012 • 6 December 2012 • Jonathan Gerthoffert, Programme Officer, Civil Aviation Technical Centre (France)
Certification of runway friction measuring devices is a strong commitment of the French State for the safety of aircraft operations. It ensures airport operators that devices meet the requirements in their ability to discriminate surfaces with different friction levels and their performances, and are consistent in terms of repeatability and reproducibility. It also makes measurements between different airports and service providers comparable, and ensures a uniform comprehension of the regulatory minimum friction level.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards require runways to be maintained to be able to provide good friction characteristics. Self-wetting continuous friction measuring equipment is the most widely used tool to measure runway surface characteristics. However, devicedependency of results and complexity of measuring systems require regular device quality controls. Since 2006, quality controls have been carried out by the French State as part of a certification process on friction measuring devices used for maintenance purposes.
Issue 1 2012 • 7 February 2012 • Marie Carru, General Delegate of Proavia
For more than 35 years, the French industrialists have developed systems and equipment to match the worldwide evolution of airports and air traffic controller’s operational needs. In the 1970s and 1980s the main focus of the aviation sector was to increase air navigation safety. In the last 20 years French engineers have been heavily involved in designing emblematic airports around the world.For 10 years now, the concern has been to cope with the worldwide increase of air traffic, the rise of risks and the demand of travellers who expect services and facilities within an airport to be similar to those that they might find in their own town, has meant that an airport now needs to be secure, safe and able to offer a better passenger experience. French companies are fully dedicated to innovating solutions which improve the management of passenger flow.
Future satellite 4 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: Aéroports de Paris invests in the development of connecting traffic and service quality
Issue 4 2010 • 10 August 2010 • PROFILE: Aeroports de Paris
Due to enter service in the third quarter of 2012, the new departures satellite at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport will join terminals 2E, 2F and 2G on the eastern side of the airport to complete the SkyTeam Hub.“In today's economic environment, it is more important than ever that we anticipate the future needs of our customers if we want to consolidate the market-leading status of Paris-Charles de Gaulle in Europe. This will mean making significant improvements to the quality of service we offer in order to achieve a step change in customer satisfaction, passenger satisfaction and airline satisfaction", emphasises Pierre Graff.
On 14 March 1974, Aéroports de Paris welcomed its first passengers to Terminal 1 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This event marked the opening of the airport, which has since become the world's 5th largest by passenger volume, and Europe's most powerful hub.
La Galerie Parisienne is the new boarding satellite of terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. It has handled nearly 2.4 million passengers since it was unveiled by the French Republic President, Nicolas Sarkozy, in June 2007. This satellite, in line with Aéroports de Paris strategy, allows the growth of handling capacity and reinforces the performance of the first European hub. It is also a showcase of the service policy of Aéroports de Paris. La Galerie Parisienne brings together technological innovations with a string of record figures: its length of 750 metres, 3 hectares of glass façade and 225,000 square metres of built up area (more than 40 soccer fields). Its steel structure weighs more than 13,000 tonnes, nearly twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport will undergo a phenomenal expansion over the next two years, one driven by necessity and increasing passenger numbers, but shaped by a commitment to design. Marc Noyelle discusses how Aéroports de Paris is blending function and aesthetics to create an airport of the future.