Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport opens 580-million-euro departure lounge
A 580-million-euro departure lounge at Paris’s Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport started operating Thursday morning. The first flight was an Air France departure for New York.
The S4 lounge at Charles De Gaulle airport’s terminal 2E is expected to be used by 7.8 million passengers a year, mainly using Air France and its partners in the SkyTeam group.
It will have 6,000 square metres of shops and restaurants and 25,000 square metres of lounge space, 3,000 square metres of which are set aside for the biggest Air France business class salon in the world.
Water walls, designed by artist Taro Suzuki, wood patios and walls covered in vegetation and trees are built into the design.
The building has the ecological stamp of approval with energy consumption 40 per cent lower than the average for the airport’s other terminals.
In 2011 61 million passengers passed through Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, making it Europe’s second biggest airport and the seventh busiest in the world.