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Cancellation of plans for new Paris airport terminal heralds bigger air transport changes

Traffic through Charles de Gaulle airport fell last year by no less than 70 per cent.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - Just over a year ago, Europe's main airports were still rushing to expand capacity; Berlin, Paris, London, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam were all planning new terminals and runways.

However, as the recent decision of the French government to cancel the construction of a new terminal at Paris' main airport indicates, the coronavirus pandemic has not only put a damper on such plans but may also lead to a more fundamental rethink about the economic structure of air travel.

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