Paris Charles de Gaulle airport terminal evacuated due to snow on roof, half of flights canceled

By on Dec 24, 2010 in Europe, Travel Comments

Paris, France – About 2,000 passengers evacuated from a terminal of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, due to heavy snow on its roof, according to French news sites on Friday.

The evacuation was due to the almost 2 feet of snow accumulated on the roof of terminal 2E, in which an accident took place in 2004 only weeks after its inauguration, where the same roof collapsed and was said to have killed four foreign travelers and wounded six others.

However, deputy director of the Paris airport authority Bernard Cathelain told L’ Express, a French news site, that the terminal was not exactly evacuated, and clarified that the passengers were requested to ‘move away’ as a precautionary measure only.

Meanwhile, Le Figaro reported that 670 out of 1160 flights or half of the flights have been canceled at Charles de Gaulle and would means that a lot of passengers will spend Christmas Eve on the airport terminals.

Apparently, two problems was said to have caused the cancellation of flights; the freezing weather that had been encountered for days, and the shortage of Glycol, a fluid which is being used to de-ice aircraft.

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