The new AC connecting building at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) between Terminal 2A and 2C was opened on April 12 by Aéroports de Paris Deputy CEO François Rubichon.
The 178,681sq ft (16,600m2) facility, which cost €71 million (US$93.4m), is the first step in a renovation project for the two terminals and can handle more than five million passengers per year.
Mr Rubichon commented: “We deliberately opted for daring architecture, which now offers a brand new shopping space with leading Parisian brand names. Our ambition is to give our passengers a totally new kind of travel experience.”
On its ground level, the building has a 36,597sq ft (3,400m2) area with 14 passport control checkpoints and 14 security checkpoints. Level 1 features shops, bars, restaurants and Parisian boutiques, including the largest retail area – 13,993sq ft (1,300m2) – ever opened at a Paris airport. Premium passengers can enjoy 35,521sq ft (3,300m2) of lounge space on the third level.
The total renovations of Terminals 2A and 2C are due to be completed in the second half of 2013. A new boarding lounge and a 10,764sq ft (1,000m2) arrivals hall will be installed in 2A by the end of this year, and the public areas of both terminals will be revamped by the project’s completion. The total cost of the refurbishment is €104 million ($136.8m).