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User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Hi guys

Yesterday, I traveled to Dublin form CDG - Terminal 1 on Aer Lingus.

Probably this has been discussed already, but just wanted to state here my opinion about Terminal 1 of CDG.

I found it confusing, ugly, not very user friendly, small and overall it looked like a bunker. COmpared with Terminal 2 (where I've been once), it's totally different.

Even to get a drink yesterday night had to go to arrivals to get one. Everything was closed or about to close at 9.30 pm.

Compared with Dublin airport or Lisbon airport, the Terminal 1 of CDG is far behind.

Just wanted to share my experience.

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User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2880 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

This was the first CDG terminal. It was a revolutionary design, but has been, like most things, scandalously let go by ADP (Paris airports auth.). There is a renovation plan under way, but this terminal is only used by foreign carriers and is not the priority. It COULD easily be so much better...

When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2408 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

Quoting TAP1972 (Thread starter):
I found it confusing, ugly, not very user friendly, small and overall it looked like a bunker


you forgot to mention that it is dirty, smelly and that many things - elevators, doors, lights - aren't working and that there is garbage and leftovers, building materials, old broken chairs, etc lying all over the place.

I agree that compared to LIS Paris T1 is far behind (I don't know DUB), but it's also far behind HEL,ARN, OSL, BGO, CPH, AMS, BRU T3, LUX, HAM, FRA,DUS, STR, MUC, ZRH, NCE, MAD, BCN, IST, FCO, MXP, BEY, SIN, HKG, PVG, YUL, BOS, IAD and so on........ It's actually the worst "big" airport in the world.

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

BUT BUT BUT there is a lot of construction going on ... at least it's on the way, albeit slowly!

Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

Quoting Mozart (Reply 2):
It's actually the worst "big" airport in the world


But Terminal 2 is different from Terminal 1. I have little experience with Paris airports. I have been once in ORY and liked it (this was about 8 years ago) and I have been on transit from Luanda to Lisbon (with AF) in Terminal 2. The terminal looked very nice, the only problem I had was that my luggage arrived to Lis on the following 2 flights.

User currently offlineSpantax From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Hello, I was also at CDG on Saturday. It is an ugly, complicated, outdated airport (not only terminal 1, also 2). And parkings for cars are extremely expensive. Compared to that BRU or BCN are really heavens. Regards

User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

Ola TAP1972

when I was working at CDG1 there was a nasty rumour that since terminal 1 is becoming the Star Alliance terminal for France, ADP couldn't care less...focussing on terminal 2

terminal 1 is disgusting, but 2F and 2E are not
even 2A and 2C are more than acceptable....at least I don't remember BRU as much better

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

T1 is awful... built when concrete was revolutionary! Ugly and unkempt I found when I flew from there almost 2 years ago.

Flying into 2B this time though - Thankyou BA for swapping  Silly

No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineJouy31 From France, joined May 2003, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

According to a recent press release available in French on the Aéroports de Paris web site (www.adp.fr) , current renovation work, lasting into 2008, will bring CDG1 to the level of the most recent CDG2 terminals ie 2E and 2F. It also states that all Star Alliance airlines will move to CDG1 before the end of 2008, the last ones being AC and OS. (not a good thing for my flights to VIE / LOWW), Austria">VIE, if I have to switch between CDG1 and CDG2 depending on the operating carrier). On the other hand, the VAL will be operating and there is still some time, 3 years, for plans to change.

[Edited 2005-03-15 10:04:52]

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