On 19 November 2018 the French government appointed the “Hello Paris” consortium, comprising RATP Dev and Keolis, as operator of CDG Express, the direct rail connection between Paris Gare de l’Est and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The service is scheduled to begin on 1 January 2024 in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The contract includes a five-year operational preparation term (2019-2023) and a fifteen-year operations term (2024-2038).