The following is the response to this rumor from the Flight Service department at AA
This rumor has surfaced as a result of the collapse of part of CDG
's Terminal 2E last month, leading to its closure and the dissemination of flights to the remaining operational terminals. If you've flown into CDG
, you probably already know that this is causing considerable congestion and the airport's operator, ADP, has been consulting with airlines to discuss ways to alleviate this. ADP has proposed that American move its operation to ORY
where we were based until 1996.
We have no plans to make this transfer, which would clearly be a major undertaking with significant implications for our staff at the airport and to our business in France. So, we are preparing a comprehensive economic analysis for ADP that will explain why we do not consider a move to be financially viable, or a solution to the immediate problems of congestion at the airport.
In the meantime, we continue to work with ADP to explore alternative solutions that will reduce congestion and we've already taken a number of steps -- such as releasing some of our check-in desks to QANTAS and exploring changes to flight timings -- that could reduce terminal congestion.
Although we cannot categorically rule out that we'll have to move our operation from CDG
, our position is that such a move would be impractical, very expensive for the company and would take many months of planning before it could be implemented. Most importantly, moving us would not contribute to resolving the immediate problems that ADP face.
For the foreseeable future, American's Paris operations will remain at CDG
where our staff are pulling together to provide our passengers with excellent customer service despite the difficulties that currently face all carriers at the airport.