Paris's busy Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport will not be getting a fourth terminal after all, with the government deciding that a 40-million-passenger-per-year increase no longer fits with either the volume of air traffic or government plans to reduce pollution and carbon output.
The decision comes on the heels of a court decision holding the government legally responsible for failure to take sufficient anti-climate-change measures as required by law.
The new terminal would have been in place by 2037; no immediate construction plans are affected by the change. But aside from the sharp drop in traffic, unlikely to return to previous levels for several years and the environmental issues, the project was under attack from local communities near the airport.
The minister for environment called the project 'obsolete' and said that future plans need to focus on developing "a sector in full transformation towards the green aircraft of the future."