Roadworks to Paris airports to delay summer journeys

Roads towards major airports in Paris are likely to be crowded this summer due to roadworks

Are you planning a trip from Paris Orly or Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle this summer? Leave early: roadworks on major roads mean car journeys towards the Paris airports will take at least 30 minutes longer.

From July 25 to September 30, the A106 towards Orly will twice go from two lanes to one, while a bypass around the construction, and the RN7 road, will be closed to traffic four times a night between 23h and 05h30.

For Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, some roads towards the airport could become more crowded than usual due to airport modernisation work and infrastructure updates. Drivers are advised to use the east bypass, by the N2 and the A104 roads.

Once passengers actually arrive at the airport, however, new technology is hoping to streamline and speed up the process.

From June 22, automatic passport checking gates that use facial recognition have been in operation at both airports.

Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle currently has 63 such gates, while Orly has 15 so far.

The new gates are said to be at least twice as fast as fingerprint recognition systems, and with many more passports eligible for the technology.

Edward Arkwright, deputy director at gate installation group ADP, said: “[We hope to] introduce facial recognition across all of our [Paris] gates by autumn 2018, with a view to having at least 95 such gates installed by the end of the year.”

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