As gateways to cities, airports are obviously keen to make a good impression. As is the International Air Rail Organisation (IARO), which held a conference in Paris on 11 April 2018 to discuss the expected benefits of the CDG Express.
A new-build, automatic metro link between Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and the French capital, CDG Express is expected to open in 2024, in time for the Summer Olympics.
There are many driving forces behind this dedicated service, according to IARO board member Paul Le Blond. “Relieving the saturated RER B commuter line, currently carrying both commuters and airport passengers; encouraging a modal shift away from the car, towards trains; boosting the economy; and making the French capital a bona fide tourist destination.”