The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, announced on Thursday February 11 the abandonment of the project for a new terminal at Roissy airport (Val-d’Oise). The decision was welcomed by environmentalists.
The future Roissy terminal 4 will not see the light of day. It was to accommodate 40 million passengers per year by 2037. The government has called for its abandonment in the face of falling air traffic. “It is very difficult to know what will be the growth prospects in air transport as we have known them.“, Explains Daniel Bertone, secretary general of the CGT-ADP.Between Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) or Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), France has around ten expansion projects.
Projects incompatible with ecological commitments?
The associations denounce these projects and point out their ecological consequences. The abandonment of terminal 4 at Roissy is only the first step for them. “We now know that there is no technological solution that is ready to decarbonise the aviation sector, so any increase in traffic necessarily goes hand in hand with an increase in our emissions., comments Audrey Boehly, spokesperson for the No collective at Roissy terminal 4. There are around ten airport extension projects planned in France, which are completely incompatible with our climate commitments.. ” Behind the ecological arguments, the health crisis is anyway putting a stop cost to airport extension projects.