- Repatriation of the first French to Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport
- The first measures taken at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport in the face of the coronavirus
- Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport during stage 2
- Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport during stage 3
In this first quarter of 2020, France, like many countries in the world, must face the Coronavirus pandemic. Appeared in China, the first case of Covid19 was identified in France on January 24 and brought by a Chinese tourist who stayed in Wuhan. In the space of a few weeks, the epidemic spreads over French territory and the government must take the first measures on air transport, in particular concerning Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport. Europe’s second largest airport hub, serving 320 cities around the world, is also facing the Coronavirus crisis.
Repatriation of the first French to Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport
As of January 31, around 400 French nationals living or staying abroad are invited to join France, including 220 from China.
About thirty French people who had stayed in Wuhan were repatriated via Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport before being placed in quarantine in a village in Calvados, Branville.
The first measures taken at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport in the face of the coronavirus
Almost a month later, on February 25, when nearly 78,000 people are infected, and two new cases have been confirmed in France, several airlines have already suspended their flights between China and France. However, some of them (Air China, China Eastern and China Southern) still continue to operate their routes. No less than 1,000 passengers a day continue to flow to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
At this stage, the potential for the virus to spread and be dangerous is not yet palpable and the measures taken on the arrival of travelers remain sketchy:
- Visual inspection of passengers by doctors
- Distribution of prevention leaflets
- Distribution of masks
Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport during stage 2
Friday February 8, 2020, 57 people are diagnosed with Coronavirus. During a trip to Crépy-en-Valois in the Oise, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran announces the entry of France into stage 2.
As a reminder, stage 1 consisted of slowing down the introduction of the virus into the territory and isolating the few contaminated cases. Stage 2 aims to curb the spread of the disease in the territory by limiting public transport trips and large gatherings (shows, sporting events, fairs and exhibitions).
On Wednesday March 11, 2020, the epidemic spread to all continents and WHO declares the status of pandemic. US President Donald Trump announces the suspension of flights from Europe to limit the entry of new cases into the United States. The measure takes effect two days later, on March 13.
Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport during stage 3
Despite the measures taken during stage 2, on March 14 the government decreed France's entry into stage 3 with the aim of managing the consequences of the epidemic and mitigating its effects, in particular by the promulgation of a decree assigning the population to confinement (March 17, 2020) and the closure of the external borders to the EU.
On March 18, faced with the drop in attendance, the ADP group decided to transfer activity from terminal 3 to terminals 1 and 2.
On Monday March 23, the ADP group announces the partial unemployment of 80% of its employees.
On Wednesday March 25, Orly airport recorded a drop in passenger traffic of -92% in traffic and -89% at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle. For this reason, Orly airport temporarily closes its doors on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Roissy airport for its part closes terminal 3 and terminal 2G on March 23, with the maintenance of "2E" ( hall K), "2F", and "2A".
Paris-Charles-De-Gaulle at the time of deconfinement
On May 11, the government declared gradual deconfinement for the whole of French territory with the instruction to keep the reflexes of barrier gestures and a restriction of movement limited to a radius of 100 km around the place of residence.
At the same time, on Thursday the 14th, Roissy airport announces a gradual return to activity.
On June 22, total deconfinement is pronounced and the resumption of post-Covid-19 air traffic can then resume. We refer you to our article on the conditions for resuming trips to CDG after deconfinement.