|Quoting kl911 (Reply 10):|
No sane person wants to fly to / connect in CDG.
Some years back I sent an email to the present KL
CEO long before he was in his present position. He was head of planning then. He asked me to compare AF
as he knew I was flying through CDG
and was flying in C class as well.
I originated at TXL
, left on time and almost missed my connection at CDG
because the arrival gate was so far away it took over 60 minutes to get quickly to my connecting flight. No time for food or shopping.
Keep in mind, I am an airport professional as well as a DL
Million Miler who knows airports.
I had to go through two terminals to get to a train for the international departure. I arrived at the gate as the boarding processing was finishing up. 75 minutes would not have been enough for 80% of the public. Because of what it took the Airport lost out on Retail, Food & Beverage revenues resulting in higher airline costs. This has a direct impact on AF
I let my friend at KL
know that CDG
was weighing down on the AF
/KL operations efficiency and was a killing expierence. Compared to Schiphol (SPL) CDG
is a complete disaster and I would recommend flying though CDG
only as an option if the rest of the world was closed. Connecting through CDG
is the most confusing aviation experience globally, the signage doesn't make sense, nothing is logical at all. There are few helping out those who don't speak French. The place is a disaster and a half!
I noticed a very interesting situation as I walked through terminal 2. (And there are multiple terminal 2's at CDG
which I cannot figure out for the life of me.)
There were a group of vagrants who had set up in the middle of the terminal. They were sleeping on the floor in a make-shift house in the terminal. The House was like an igloo. It was made of about 100 empty suitcases.
Now where did those suitcases come from? Yup, passengers.
What message does this send to the traveling public? a. we allow vagrants in terminal and we will not remove them, they are French. b. we allow them to steal luggage, especially if it is from foreigners. c. we want you to see this, they are French so UNDERSTAND we don't care what they do with your items. d. Simply we are CDG
, we don't care about you the passenger, we don't care about your goods, French vagrants are higher on the importance list than any passenger flying though France. Get over it. By the way, we are going on strike next week. Vive La France!
In contrast AMS
has a philosophy. "Make the travel experience simple to allow a 10 year old do it without difficulty, while not being condescending/insulting to an adult or seasoned traveller."
Why this philosophy? Because many travellers are from different places in the world and making it simple is needed because not everybody speaks Dutch or English fluently. Or in the case of CDG
How can AF
make money at CDG
when it is so badly managed.
is 100% correct, you have to mentally lacking to transfer at CDG
Once you've done it, never again by choice!