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CDG Terminal 1 History

Tue May 22, 2007 12:22 am

I fly often in and out of CDG terminal 1 as I fly mostly star alliance. I have been told that in the past it was where AF used to operate out of along with the rest of the carriers that flew to Paris. My question is, with the size of terminal one and the limited parking stands... how did they do it?

Who got gates?

How was it organized?

Were there remote stands?

Were the satellites divided up into destination regions?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
 
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RE: CDG Terminal 1 History

Tue May 22, 2007 1:26 am

The planning and construction phase of what was known back then as Aéroport de Paris Nord (Paris North Airport) began in 1966. On March 8, 1974, the airport, renamed Charles de Gaulle International Airport, began service. Terminal 1 was built to an avant-garde design consisting of a ten-floor high circular building surrounded by seven satellite buildings each with four gates. The main architect was Paul Andreu, who was also in charge of the extensions during the following decades.

Quoting LH417AF025 (Thread starter):
My question is, with the size of terminal one and the limited parking stands... how did they do it?

Back in 1974, the traffic was far from being as important as it is today. Moreover, AF did not transfer ALL its activities from Orly to CDG at the same time. A lot of European destinations remained operated from Orly ("Sud" and "West") until 1996.
 
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RE: CDG Terminal 1 History

Tue May 22, 2007 5:11 am

I don't think it was by region - BA used the same satellite - so I believe the airlines were assigned to particular satellites

IIRC the BA 1-11 I arrived on from BHX c.1985 parked next to a UTA 747-300 'BigBoss' and a LAM DC-10, so not very 'regional!'

In the 70s and 80s there were nowhere near the number of frequencies we see these days, not to mention: no LCCs!

A lot of AF long-haul went out of CDG, so the fleet was never really there at CDG all at the same time...
 
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RE: CDG Terminal 1 History

Tue May 22, 2007 9:38 pm

And presently AF i believe doesn't conduct any scheduled flights out of the terminal yet i often see uniformed AF employees and also there is an AF KLM ticketing desk in terminal one which confuses me a little bit.

I believe they handle a couple of airlines... is that why? or is there the odd AF charter that leaves from T1?
 
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RE: CDG Terminal 1 History

Tue May 22, 2007 10:30 pm

There is no more AF flights of any kind to/from CDG1.
Actually AF "left" completely CDG1 several years ago.

But AF is still handling some airlines partners at CDG1 and keeps also a Ticket Office in the terminal, for passengers connecting on an AF flight to/from CDG2.

Air France is also handling the official Governement/military flights who are still operated from CDG1. You can see often the "République Française" A310 & A342 parked next to the Terminal :


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