France to reconsider plans to build 4th terminal at Paris CDG airport

French airports would still need investment for upgrades

  
French Junior Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari looks at a thermal camera used to detect high body temperatures among arriving passengers, in Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle International Airport, amid France's gradual easing of its lockdown measures and restrictions during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Roissy near Paris, France May 14, 2020. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

French Junior Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari looks at a thermal camera used to detect high body temperatures among arriving passengers, in Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle International Airport, amid France's gradual easing of its lockdown measures and restrictions during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Roissy near Paris, France May 14, 2020. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS - The French government will reconsider plans to build a fourth terminal at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Tuesday.

"The project to receive 40 million more passengers by 2030 is probably no longer justified as it was planned," Djebbari said on Europe 1 radio.

He said French airports would still need investment for upgrades and would have to make sure that new types of planes, such as hydrogen-powered planes, can land.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Alex Richardson) ((geert.declercq@tr.com; +33 1 4949 5343; Reuters Messaging: Twitter: @gvdeclercq))

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