The French Government is expected to approve by the end of the month the construction of two new runways at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, says Aéroport de Paris (ADP), which runs the Paris airport system.

Action by local noise campaigners has succeeded in limiting the use of the 2,700m (8,900ft) runways to landings only, providing a potential increase in the number of hourly movements from 80 to 120.

Construction of runway 4, south of the present runway 2, will begin immediately after the go-ahead decision, with work likely to be finished by early 1999, says the ADP. The second runway will be started two years later. The decision on the runways was delayed for several months while the new French socialist Government reviewed the previous administration's earlier approval.

Source: Flight International