eg777er
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AF At CDG: Rhyme Or Reason?

Mon May 24, 2004 10:09 pm

Hi,

Is there any logic to AF's use of Terminal 2 at CDG? Seems to me flights are scattered around the terminals A, B, C, D, (E) and F.

E.g, I arrived from MRS at 2F (a French domestic flight) which also seems to be used for European/U.K. flights.
 
jouy31
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RE: AF At CDG: Rhyme Or Reason?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:25 pm

There are at least two principles at work
- some terminals are dedicated : International non-Schengen for 2A, 2C, 2F2, 2E and part of 2B, Schengen for part of 2B, 2D and 2F1 (the ultimate goal is for AF to leave 2A and 2B and to convert 2F2 into a Schengen terminal). With recent events, there will obviously be changes.
- AF wants to minimize the connection time of its passengers, not on an abstract level, but based on the flows which have been recorded and which are anticipated, with the core of the hub centered on the 2E/2F duo and the forthcoming S3 satellite.. This determines in which terminal each flight (Schengen vs non Schengen) is allocated. This, on the other hand, can not easily be measured by anyone outside AF.

AF's hub strategy can be seen at the following location

http://81.91.67.48/airfrance/investors/



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TriStar500
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RE: AF At CDG: Rhyme Or Reason?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:37 pm

Another fairly general rule, while the southern modules (2A, 2C, 2E) are used for long-haul/ intercontinental flights, the northern ones (2B, 2D, 2F with the exception of 2F2) are chiefly used for European/ short haul services.
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eg777er
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RE: AF At CDG: Rhyme Or Reason?

Tue May 25, 2004 5:21 pm

Thanks guys....seems a bit of a mess but no different to BA at Heathrow (who are spread over 4 terminals when you include their 'partners'!)

The only reason I ask is that I flew into CDG 2F from Marseilles in February and, as I was on an ID ticket, had not checked in for my next sector to NCL. Time was running short due to a delay at MRS so I was frantically flicking through the Air France onboard magazine to try and find out where UK flights departed from.

In the end, they departed from 2F but I missed the flight anyway!

Another quick question: when you go airside at for example 2A, can you wander into 2C? Or are lounges, security, duty free etc replicated throughout all the terminals?
 
TriStar500
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RE: AF At CDG: Rhyme Or Reason?

Tue May 25, 2004 5:25 pm

If you are on the airside departure level, you cannot wander from 2A to 2C or vice versa, however, there is a shuttle bus available for airside inter-module transfer.

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