Paris CDG Connection

May 25th, 2006, 11:47 AM
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What airline were you on and what was your destination? Your description doesn't sound anything like 2F2. The fact that you mention a makeshift building and not seeing any jetways leads me to believe that you may have departed from a temporary satellite terminal. I'm further confused by the fact that you mention seeing US Airways, but their flights leave from terminal 1 not terminal 2.
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May 25th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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Patty...For your clarification, I was coming from Venice on Air France to the US on Air France. When I questioned why 2F, the check in agent explained to me that ordinarily this would be going out of a much larger terminal, but that due to construction there, we'd be going out of 2F, that there was no shopping there and not much food, so to grab something on the way in. Indeed, that was the case in 2F, with only one newsagent and one snack bar. The boarding pass also thanked us for our inconvenience and consideration while they go through this change. It was most definitely 2F. It was "makeshift" in the sense that it was not designed to handle a high volume of dense flights, and on this day there were at least 6 outbound flights in 2 hours going out, all of the passengers of which were trying to get water and food and use the one set of restroom facilities after they'd spent nearly 90 minutes in line at security. And there was absolutely no duty free here at all, much to my chagrin!
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May 25th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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When I check in with Delta in Asheville I always have them tag my luggage to my final destination. I go from Asheville to either Atlanta or Cincinnati for my International flight to CDG and then to wherever else for my final destination. I have done this to Marseille and to Nice and in September it will be to Toulouse. Delta and A/France codeshare. In September I will be going via Cincinnati and my Intl. flights will be A/France. No way would I check my luggage to CDG and lug it around to another flight to Toulouse!!
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May 25th, 2006, 02:00 PM
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Problem with transfer at CDG is not walking distance. CDG2, even with its 6 terminals, is not that big. One can often find longer walks at AMS than at CDG.

The problem is the lines at various checkpoints - more with the passport control than security - and the use of shuttle bus for some gates.

Another problem is that it's 6 basically 6 terminals, and there are so many transfer possibilities - some do 2A to 2F, another 2B to 2C, etc... It just gets confusing.

The best thing to do is to understand the relationship between the 6 terminals at CDG, and START WALKING once you get through passport control. Forget about shuttles.
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May 25th, 2006, 02:17 PM
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Was this your experience on your flight to the U.S.?

There are definitely shops and restaurants in the 2F section for AF European flights. When I was there in October I bought a sandwich at Paul and remember passing a Brasserie Flo and there were several shops, Hermes and Longchamps among them. There was a jetwalk to the plane going to Rome.

My flight to the U.S. was different. There was a long line at passport control and a long walk to the gate and then the bus to the plane. I don't remember passing much of anything on the way. I think there was just a small coffee bar at the gate. Maybe that's where the construction is going on.
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May 26th, 2006, 06:11 AM
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Lusiah, yes, it was to the US. There was absolutely nothing nearby except one set of bathrooms, one snack bar (sandwiches/water only) and one newsagent. No shops, no restaurants.
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May 26th, 2006, 11:23 AM
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Hi Amyb,

Now I understand your "makeshift" comment. There was that feel about it --I have a vague memory of a wall that seemed like a temporary divider between my gate and the next, and as I wrote earlier, there was nothing more than a coffee bar in a corner and no shops or food ops on the way. When I got to the gate after a long walk down ramps and stairs boarding (the buses) had begun so I didn't notice much else.

If you look at a diagram of F2, you'll see two wing-like sections with several gates. Apparently one is complete (restaurants, bars, shops, jetwalks) and the second is functioning (long haul flights to U.S.) but not yet complete.

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