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Airport Paris (France) - Charles de Gaulle

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Aéroport Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle
Roissy Airport
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Paris Aéroport
Serves Paris, France
Location 25 km (16 mi) NE of Paris
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 119 m / 392 ft
Coordinates 49°0035N 002°3252E / 49.00972°N 2.54778°E / 49.00972; 2.54778Coordinates: 49°0035N 002°3252E / 49.00972°N 2.54778°E / 49.00972; 2.54778
Website aeroportsdeparis.fr

Location of Île-de-France region in France
Location in Île-de-France
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 4,215 13,829 Asphalt
08R/26L 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
09L/27R 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
09R/27L 4,200 13,780 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft movements 472,950 0.8%
Passengers 65,933,145 0.3%
  • Source: AIP France[3]
  • Passenger Traffic & Aircraft Movements[4]

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, IATA: CDGICAO: LFPG), also known as Roissy Airport (name of the local district), is the largest international airport in France. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (18901970), leader of the Free French Forces during the Second World War, founder of the French Fifth Republic and President of France from 1959 to 1969. Charles de Gaulle Airport is located within portions of several communes 25 km (16 mi)[3] to the northeast of Paris. Charles de Gaulle Airport serves as the principal hub for Air France as well as a European hub for fellow SkyTeam alliance partner Delta Air Lines. Additionally, the airport serves as a focus city for low-cost carriers Vueling and Norwegian Air Shuttle.

In 2016, the airport handled 65,933,145 passengers and 472,950 aircraft movements,[5] thus making it the world's ninth-busiest airport, Europe's second-busiest airport (after London Heathrow) in terms of passenger numbers. It is also the world's tenth-busiest and Europe's second-busiest airport (after London Heathrow) in aircraft movements. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the twelfth-busiest in the world and the second-busiest in Europe (after Frankfurt Airport), handling 2,150,950 metric tonnes of cargo in 2012.[5] The incumbent director of the airport, Franck Goldnadel, was appointed to his position on 1 March 2011.[6][7]


Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport covers 32.38 square kilometres (12.50 sq mi) of land. The airport area, including terminals and runways, spans over three départements and six communes:

The choice of constructing an international aviation hub outside of central Paris was made due to a limited prospect of potential relocations or expropriations and the possibility of further expanding the airport in the future.

Management of the airport lies solely on the authority of Paris Aéroport, which also manages Orly (south of Paris), Le Bourget (to the immediate southwest of Charles de Gaulle Airport, now used for general aviation and Paris Air Shows), Marsa Alam in Egypt, and several smaller airfields in the suburbs of Paris.



The planning and construction phase of what was known then as Aéroport de Paris Nord (Paris North Airport)[9] began in 1966. On 8 March 1974 the airport, renamed Charles de Gaulle Airport, opened. Terminal 1 was built in an avant-garde design of a ten-floors-high circular building surrounded by seven satellite buildings, each with six gates allowing sunlight to enter through apertures. The main architect was Paul Andreu, who was also in charge of the extensions during the following decades.

Corporate identity

The Frutiger typeface was commissioned for use in the airport and implemented on signs throughout the building in 1975. Initially called Roissy, it was renamed after its designer Adrian Frutiger.

Until 2005, every PA announcement made at Terminal 1 was preceded by a distinctive chime, nicknamed "Indicatif Roissy" and composed by Bernard Parmegiani in 1971. The chime can be heard in the Roman Polanski film Frantic. The chime was officially replaced by the "Indicatif ADP" chime.


Charles de Gaulle Airport has three terminals: Terminal 1 is the oldest and situated opposite to Terminal 3; Terminal 2 is located at another side with 7 sub-terminal buildings (2A to 2G). Terminal 2 was originally built exclusively for Air France;[10] since then it has been expanded significantly and now also hosts other airlines. Terminals 2A to 2F are interconnected by elevated walkways and situated next to each other. Terminal 2G is a satellite building connected by shuttle bus.[11]

Terminal 3 (formerly known as "Terminal 9") hosts charter and low-cost airlines. The CDGVAL light-rail shuttle connects Terminal 2 to Terminals 1/3 and their parking lots. Refer to Ground Transportation below for inter-terminal transfers and transport to central Paris.

Terminal 1

The first terminal, designed by Paul Andreu, was built in the image of an octopus. It consists of a circular terminal building which houses key functions such as check-in counters and baggage claim conveyors. Seven satellites with boarding gates are connected to the central building by underground walkways.

The central building, with a large skylight in its centre, dedicates each floor to a single function. The first floor is reserved for technical operations and not accessible to the public. The second floor contains shops and restaurants, the CDGVAL inter-terminal shuttle train platforms (for Terminal 2 and trains to central Paris) and check-in counters from a recent renovation. The majority of check-in counters, however, are located on the third floor, which also has access to taxi stands, bus stops and special pick-up vehicles. Departing passengers with valid boarding passes can reach the fourth floor, which houses duty-free stores and border control posts, for the boarding gates. The fifth floor contains baggage claim conveyors for arriving passengers. All four upper floors have assigned areas for parking and airline offices.

Passages between the third, fourth and fifth floors are provided by a tangle of escalators arranged through the centre of the building. These escalators are suspended over the central court. Each escalator is covered with a transparent tube to shelter from all weather conditions. These escalators were often used in film shootings (e.g. The Last Gang of Ariel Zeitoun). The Alan Parsons Project album I Robot features these escalators on its cover.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is spread across seven sub-terminals: 2A to 2G. Terminals 2A to 2F are connected by inter-terminal walkways, but Terminal 2G is a satellite building 800 m (0.5 mi) away. Terminal 2G can only be accessed by shuttle bus from Terminals 1, 2A to 2F and 3. The CDGVAL inter-terminal shuttle train, Paris RER Regional-Express and high-speed TGV rail station, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, is located within the Terminal 2 complex and between 2C and 2E (on one side) or 2D and 2F (on the opposite side).

Terminal 2F was used for the filming of the music video for the U2 song "Beautiful Day". The band also had their picture taken inside Terminal 2F for the album artwork of their 2000 album "All That You Can't Leave Behind".

Collapse of Terminal 2E

On 23 May 2004, shortly after the inauguration of terminal 2E, a portion of it collapsed near Gate E50, killing four people.[12] Two of the dead were reported to be Chinese citizens and another a Czech. Three other people were injured in the collapse. Terminal 2E had been inaugurated in 2003 after some delays in construction and was designed by Paul Andreu. Administrative and judicial enquiries were started. Andreu also designed Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, which collapsed while under construction on 28 September 2004.

Before this accident, ADP had been planning for an initial public offering in 2005 with the new terminal as a major attraction for investors. The partial collapse and indefinite closing of the terminal just before the beginning of summer seriously hurt the airport's business plan.

In February 2005, the results from the administrative inquiry were published. The experts pointed out that there was no single fault, but rather a number of causes for the collapse, in a design that had little margin for safety. The inquiry found the concrete vaulted roof was not resilient enough and had been pierced by metallic pillars and some openings weakened the structure. Sources close to the inquiry also disclosed that the whole building chain had worked as close to the limits as possible, so as to reduce costs. Paul Andreu denounced the building companies for having not correctly prepared the reinforced concrete.

On 17 March 2005, ADP decided to tear down and rebuild the whole part of Terminal 2E (the "jetty") of which a section had collapsed, at a cost of approximately 100 million.[13] The reconstruction replaced the innovative concrete tube style of the jetty with a more traditional steel and glass structure. During reconstruction, two temporary departure lounges were constructed in the vicinity of the terminal that replicated the capacity of 2E before the collapse. The terminal reopened completely on 30 March 2008.

Terminal 2G

Terminal 2G, dedicated to regional Air France flights and its affiliates, opened in 2008. This terminal is to the east of all terminals and can only be reached by shuttle bus. Terminal 2G is used for passengers flying in the Schengen Area (and thus has no passport control) and handles Air France regional and European traffic and provides small-capacity planes (up to 150 passengers) with a faster turnaround time than is currently possible by enabling them to park close to the new terminal building and boarding passengers primarily by bus, or walking. A bus line called "navette orange" connects the terminal 2G inside the safety check area with terminals 2E and 2F. Passengers transferring to other terminals need to take a bus in the public area, and therefore pass through safety checks again.

Hall L (Satellite 3)

The completion of 750 m (2,460 ft) long Satellite 3 (or S3) to the immediate east of Terminals 2E and 2F provides further jetways for large-capacity airliners, specifically the Airbus A380. Check-in and baggage handling are provided by the existing infrastructure in Terminals 2E and 2F. Satellite 3 was opened in part on 27 June 2007 and fully operational in September 2007. It corresponds now to gates L of terminal 2E.

Hall M (Satellite 4)

The satellite S4, adjacent to the S3 and part of terminal 2E, officially opened on 28 June 2012. It corresponds now to gates M of terminal 2E. Dedicated to long-haul flights, it has the ability to handle 16 aircraft at the same time, with an expected capacity of 7.8 million passengers per year. Its opening has led to the relocation of all Skyteam airlines to terminals 2E (for international carriers), 2F (for Schengen European carriers) and 2G.


Air France has moved all of its operations previously located at 2C to 2E. In October 2012, 2F closed its international operations and became completely Schengen, allowing for all Air France flights currently operating in 2D to relocate to terminal 2F. Further, in April 2013, Terminal 2B closed for a complete renovation (all airlines relocated to 2D) and will receive upgrades including the addition of a second floor completely dedicated to arrivals. Once 2B is completed, 2D will close and receive similar upgrades, including the addition of a new floor. Low-cost carrier easyJet has shown its interest in being the sole carrier at 2B.[14] To facilitate connections, a new boarding area between 2A and 2C was opened in March 2012. It allows for all security and passport control to be handled in a single area, allows for many new shopping opportunities as well as new airline lounges, and eases transfer restrictions between 2A and 2C.

According to La Tribune newspaper a new Terminal 4 is likely to be built around 2025, when Charles de Gaulle Airport's maximum capacity of 80 millions will be reached. This new Terminal 4, when constructed, will be able to accommodate 30-40 million passengers per year and will most likely be built north of Terminal 2E.[15]

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is located 1 km (0.62 mi) away from Terminal 1. It consists of separate buildings for arrivals and departures. The walking distance between Terminals 1 and 3 is 3 km (1.9 mi) long, however, the rail station (named as "CDG Airport Terminal 1") for RER and CDGVAL trains are only at a distance of 300 m (980 ft). Terminal 3 has no boarding gates constructed and all passengers are ferried via boarding buses to the aircraft stands.


Roissypôle is a complex consisting of office buildings, shopping areas, hotels, and a bus coach and RER B station within Charles de Gaulle Airport. The complex includes the head office of Air France,[16] Continental Square,[17] the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport,[18] and le Dôme building. Le Dôme includes the head office of Air France Consulting, an Air France subsidiary.[19] Continental Square has the head office of XL Airways France,[20] the head office of Air France subsidiary Servair[21] and the Air France Vaccinations Centre.[22]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens, Larnaca (ends 9 September 2017)
Seasonal: Corfu, Kalamata, Heraklion, Rhodes, Samos, Thessaloniki
Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aigle Azur Algiers (resumes 29 October 2017)
Seasonal: Bamako, Sétif,[23] Tlemcen[24]
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Chlef, Constantine, Oran
Seasonal: Batna,[25] El Oued
Air Arabia Maroc Fez, Tangier, Marrakesh (begins 31 October 2017)
Air Astana Astana
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Dzaoudzi
Air Berlin BerlinTegel
Air Canada MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson
Seasonal: Vancouver (begins 9 June, 2018)[26]
Air Cairo Hurghada, Luxor
Air China BeijingCapital, Chengdu, ShanghaiPudong
Air Corsica Seasonal: Bastia
Air Europa Málaga, Valencia
Air France Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Algiers, AmmanQueen Alia, Amsterdam, Antananarivo, Athens, Atlanta, Bamako, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, Bangalore, Bangui, Barcelona, BeijingCapital, Beirut, BerlinTegel, Birmingham, Bogotá, Bologna, Bordeaux, Boston, Brazzaville, Brest, BucharestOtopeni, Budapest, Buenos AiresEzeiza, Cairo, Cancún, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, ChicagoO'Hare,[27] Conakry, Copenhagen, Cotonou, Dakar, Delhi, Detroit, Djibouti, Douala, DubaiInternational, Dublin (begins 29 October 2017; ends 24 March 2018),[28] Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, FreetownLungi, Geneva, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Havana, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, HoustonIntercontinental, IstanbulAtatürk, JohannesburgTambo, KievBoryspil, KinshasaN'djili, Lagos, Libreville, Lima, Lisbon, Lomé, LondonHeathrow, Los Angeles, Luanda, Lyon, Madrid, Malé (begins 1 November 2017),[29] Manchester, Malabo, Marseille, Marrakesh, Mauritius, Mexico City, Miami, MilanLinate, MilanMalpensa, Montevideo, Montpellier, MontréalTrudeau, MoscowSheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, NairobiKenyatta (resumes 25 March 2018),[30] N'Djamena, Nantes, Naples, New YorkJFK, Niamey, Nouakchott, Nice, Oran, OsakaKansai, Ouagadougou, Palma de Mallorca,[31] Panama City, Papeete, Pointe-Noire, Port Harcourt, Porto, Prague, Punta Cana, Rabat, Rio de JaneiroGaleão, Riyadh, RomeFiumicino, Saint-Martin, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, Santo DomingoLas Américas, Santiago de Chile, São PauloGuarulhos, SeoulIncheon, ShanghaiPudong, Singapore, StockholmArlanda, TehranImam Khomeini, Tel AvivBen Gurion, TokyoHaneda, TokyoNarita, TorontoPearson, Toulouse, Tunis, Vancouver, VeniceMarco Polo, Vienna, WarsawChopin, WashingtonDulles, Yaoundé, Wuhan, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Agadir,[31] Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sofia
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France
Air France
operated by CityJet
Dublin (ends 24 March 2018),[28] Hanover (ends 31 October 2017),[28] Newcastle upon Tyne (ends 31 October 2017),[28] Turin (ends 31 October 2017)[28]
Air France
operated by HOP!
Aberdeen, Basel/Mulhouse, Biarritz, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bremen, Brest, Budapest, Clermont-Ferrand, Dublin (begins 29 October 2017), Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Genoa, Glasgow (ends 28 October 2017), Gothenburg, Hanover, Ljubljana, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 1 November 2017),[28] Nuremberg, OsloGardermoen, Pau, Rennes, Stuttgart, Turin, Zagreb
Air India Delhi
Air Madagascar Antananarivo
Air Malta Malta
Air Mauritius Mauritius
Air Nostrum Santander, Vigo
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Seychelles Mahé
Air Tahiti Nui Los Angeles, Papeete
Air Transat MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson
Seasonal: Québec City, Vancouver
airBaltic Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius
Alitalia MilanLinate, RomeFiumicino
All Nippon Airways TokyoHaneda
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New YorkJFK, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston (ends 30 September 2017),[32] Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare
Arkia Tel AvivBen Gurion
Seasonal: EilatOvda
Asiana Airlines SeoulIncheon
ASL Airlines France Algiers[33]
Charter: Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Calvi, Dublin, EilatOvda, Halifax, Kittilä, Oujda, Rhodes
Seasonal charter: Budapest, Dubrovnik, Porto, Seville, Split
AtlasGlobal IstanbulAtatürk
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Azores Airlines Seasonal: Ponta Delgada
Belavia Minsk
BMI Regional Bristol
British Airways LondonHeathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Brussels Airlines
operated by ASL Airlines France
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Camair-Co Douala, Yaoundé
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, ShanghaiPudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Cobalt Air Larnaca
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Zadar
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, Newark, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
easyJet Barcelona, BelfastInternational, Biarritz, Bristol, Budapest, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Fuerteventura (begins 31 October 2017), Glasgow, Kraków, Lanzarote (begins 31 October 2017), Lisbon, Liverpool, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, LondonSouthend, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester,[34] Marrakesh, Milan-Linate, MilanMalpensa, Nice, Porto, Prague (ends 28 October 2017), Pristina (ends 28 October 2017),[35] Tel AvivBen Gurion, TenerifeSouth, Toulouse, VeniceMarco Polo
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Bilbao, Corfu, Figari, Heraklion, Ibiza, Minorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pula, Split
EgyptAir Cairo
Seasonal: Luxor
El Al Tel AvivBen Gurion
Seasonal: EilatOvda
Emirates DubaiInternational
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Kittilä
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Salzburg
operated by Germanwings
BerlinTegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
EVA Air TaipeiTaoyuan
Finnair Helsinki
Seasonal: Kittilä (begins 12 December 2017)[36]
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester, Southampton
FlyOne Seasonal: Chiinu[37]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Dalaman
Gulf Air Bahrain
Hainan Airlines Hangzhou, Xi'an
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Vigo
Iberia Express Madrid
Icelandair ReykjavíkKeflavík
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel AvivBen Gurion
Japan Airlines TokyoHaneda
Seasonal: TokyoNarita[38]
Jet2.com East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford
Jet Airways Chennai (begins 29 October 2017),[39] Mumbai
Kenya Airways NairobiKenyatta
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air SeoulIncheon
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
La Compagnie Newark
LATAM Brasil São PauloGuarulhos
LOT Polish Airlines WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air TehranImam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica
Seasonal: Tivat
operated by LOT Polish Airlines
Seasonal: Tallinn
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Boston (begins 2 May 2018),[40] Denver (begins 9 April 2018),[41] Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New YorkJFK, Newark (begins 28 February 2018),[40] Oakland (begins 10 April 2018),[40] Orlando[42]
Oman Air Muscat
Onur Air IstanbulAtatürk
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore
Primera Air Boston (begins 21 June 2018),[43] Newark (begins 18 May 2018)[43]
Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca[44]
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Royal Jordanian AmmanQueen Alia
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Gothenburg, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal: Stavanger
Singapore Airlines Singapore
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Ostrava, Prague
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Tel AvivBen Gurion
SunExpress zmir
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TACV Cabo Verde Airlines Sal, São Vicente
TAROM BucharestOtopeni
Tassili Airlines Algiers
Thai Airways BangkokSuvarnabhumi
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Shannon[45]
TUIfly Belgium Cagliari[46]
Seasonal: Burgas[46]
Seasonal charter: Lamezia Terme, Málaga, Menorca, Split
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tozeur
Tunisair Express Sfax, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Ankara, IstanbulAtatürk, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ukraine International Airlines KievBoryspil
United Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Newark, San Francisco, WashingtonDulles
Ural Airlines Yekaterinburg
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent, Urgench
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Vueling Barcelona, Copenhagen (ends 28 October 2017),[47] Granada (begins 2 December 2017),[48] Fuerteventura, LondonGatwick, Madrid, Naples, Oviedo, Prague, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Venice, Vienna
Seasonal: Bari, Tangier
WOW air ReykjavíkKeflavík
XL Airways France Cancún, Cayo Coco,[49] Fort-de-France (PSO)[50], Pointe-à-Pitre (PSO)[51], Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santa Clara,[49] Varadero
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Los Angeles, Miami, New YorkJFK, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Samaná, San Francisco, San Salvador (Bahamas), St. Maarten, Tel AvivBen Gurion[52]
Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Algiers, Antananarivo, Atlanta, Bahrain, Bamako, Bangui, Boston, Brazzaville, Cairo, Casablanca, ChicagoO'Hare, Dammam, Djibouti, Douala, DubaiInternational, Dublin, Guadalajara,Hanoi, Hong Kong, HoustonIntercontinental, Jeddah, Kuwait, Mexico City, NairobiJomo Kenyatta, N'Djamena, New YorkJFK, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Pointe-Noire, Port Harcourt, Porto, Prestwick, Saint Denis de la Réunion, SeoulIncheon, ShanghaiPudong, TokyoNarita, TorontoPearson, Tripoli, Tunis, Zaragoza
Air France Cargo
operated by Martinair Cargo
Air France Cargo
operated by MNG Airlines
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège
ASL Airlines France Bordeaux, Brest, Lorient, Lourdes, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Toulouse
Cargo Garuda Indonesia JakartaSoekarnoHatta
Cathay Pacific Cargo Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, LondonHeathrow, Mumbai
China Airlines Cargo TaipeiTaoyuan
China Cargo Airlines ShanghaiPudong
China Southern Cargo Guangzhou, Vienna
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Casablanca, Cincinnati, Leipzig/Halle, LondonHeathrow
FedEx Express Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Birmingham, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Delhi, DubaiInternational, Guangzhou, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Indianapolis, IstanbulAtatürk, LondonStansted, Madrid, Memphis, MilanMalpensa, Mumbai, Munich, Newark, StockholmArlanda, Tel AvivBen Gurion, TokyoNarita, Vienna
FedEx Feeder
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Belfast-International, BerlinSchönefeld, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lyon, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Prague, RomeFiumicino, Shannon, Stuttgart, Toulouse, WarsawChopin
FedEx Feeder
operated by Swiftair
Korean Air Cargo SeoulIncheon
MNG Airlines Cologne/Bonn, IstanbulAtatürk, LondonLuton
Swiftair Madrid
Turkish Airlines Cargo IstanbulAtatürk
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Louisville
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air

Ground transportation


A free automatic shuttle rail service at Charles de Gaulle Airport, consisting of two lines (CDGVAL and LISA), is based on the VAL operational system. The shuttle train connects both railway stations for Terminals 1/3 and Terminal 2 in 8 minutes.


Charles de Gaulle airport is connected to central Paris by the RER B Regional-Express services (10 one-way as of 2016[53]). During off-peak hours and weekends, there are two types of services:

  1. 4 trains per hour to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse calling at all intermediate stations to Cité Universitaire, then Bourg-la-Reine, La Croix de Berny, Antony, MassyPalaiseau and then all stations to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse; and
  2. 4 trains per hour to MassyPalaiseau (on the Saint-Rémy line), non-stop express until Gare du Nord and then all stations to MassyPalaiseau.

The express RER B only call at the railway stations of Terminal 1 (also for Terminal 3) and Terminal 2 before Gare du Nord. Journey time is 3035 minutes. The stopping RER B take about 3540 minutes and is sometimes overtaken by the express RER B trains.

RER B is jointly operated by SNCF and RATP (Transport for Paris), but the Regional-Express used to suffer from slowness and overcrowding. For these reasons, French authorities have started two projects: CDG Express,[54] which is supposed to link Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris Gare de l'Est railway station (next to Gare du Nord) from 2023 with trains specifically designed for air travellers; RER B Nord Plus,[55] which modernised and streamlined RER B rail traffic and network north of Gare du Nord from 2008 to 2013 then renovated the trains from 2010 to 2015.


Terminal 2 includes a TGV station on the LGV Interconnexion Est high-speed line. SNCF operates direct TGV services to several French stations from CDG, including Lille, Strasbourg, Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes, Toulon, as well as services to Brussels in Belgium.


After the last RER B service at 23:50, the Noctilien (Night Lines) N143 and N140 depart every 30 minutes and hour respectively from Terminal 1 Door D12, Terminal 2F Door 2 and Roissypôle coach station. Both bus lines run to Paris Gare de l'Est railway station.

Long-distance bus

Since 17 December 2012, SNCF's national and international coach network, OUIBUS, serves Charles de Gaulle Airport, by terminal 3, station CDG 1 to London, Lyon, Lille and Brussels. Flixbus serves CDG from at least Brussels and Amsterdam.


Charles de Gaulle Airport is directly connected to Autoroute A1 which connects Paris and Lille.

Taxis and Transfers

The ride by taxi from CDG airport to city centre is 45 minutes and from 50 to 65, depending on the type of service/car required.

Alternative airports

The two other airports serving Paris are Orly Airport (south of Paris, the other major airport in Paris) and Le Bourget Airport (for general aviation and private jets).

Some low-cost airlines also advertise BeauvaisTillé Airport and Châlons Vatry Airport, respectively 85 km and 165 km from Paris proper, as serving "Paris" with ParisBeauvais and ParisVatry. Beauvais airport has no railway connections, but there is a shuttle bus to central Paris 15 times daily.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 6 January 1993, Lufthansa Flight 5634 from Bremen to Paris, which was carried out under the Lufthansa CityLine brand using a Contact Air Dash 8300 (registered D-BEAT), hit the ground 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) short of the runway of Charles de Gaulle Airport, resulting in the death of four out of the 23 passengers on board. The four crew members survived. The accident occurred after the pilot had to abort the final approach to the airport because the runway had been closed: the aircraft immediately ahead, a Korean Air Boeing 747, had suffered a blown tire upon landing.[57]
  • On 25 July 2000, a Concorde, Air France Flight 4590 from Charles de Gaulle to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, crashed into Les Relais Bleus Hotel in Gonesse, killing everyone on the aircraft and four people on the ground. Investigations concluded that a tire burst on take-off due to metal left on the runway from a previously departing aircraft, leading to a ruptured fuel tank and resulting in engine failure and other damage. Concorde was conducting a charter flight for a German tour company.
  • On 25 May 2001, a freight-carrying Short SH36 (operated as Streamline flight 200), departing to Luton, England, collided on the runway with departing Air Liberté flight 8807, an MD-83 jet. The first officer of the SH36 was killed when the wing tip of the MD-83 tore through his side of the flight deck. The captain was slightly injured and all others aboard survived.


  • In December 2006, 20 baggage handlers were found guilty of theft.[58]
  • In 2007, 19 baggage handlers were found guilty of theft.[58]
  • In September 2008, 12 baggage handlers were arrested on suspicion of stealing goods from luggages worth 450,000 euros.[59]
  • In February 2011, 20 baggage handlers were arrested on suspicion of stealing from the luggage of passengers.[60]
  • In November 2012, 11 baggage handlers and 2 maintenance workers were arrested for stealing valuable items from luggage.[61]
  • In December 2015 an airport worker was arrested for taking 20,000 which was dropped by the Moroccan ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Rachad Bouhlal, in the Air France VIP lounge.[62]


The grassy lands on which the airport is located are notorious for rabbits and hares, which can be seen by passengers at certain times of the day. The airport organises periodic hunts and captures to keep the population to manageable levels.[63]


Charles de Gaulle Airport Passenger Totals (millions)
Source: Airports Council International

The following table shows total passenger numbers.

Year Passengers
2016 65,933,145 (+0.3%)
2015 65,766,986 (+3.1%)
2014 63,813,756 (+2.8%)
2013 62,052,917 (+0.7%)
2012 61,611,934 (+1%)
2011 60,970,551 (+4.8%)
2010 58,167,062 (+0.5%)
2009 57,906,866 (-4.3%)
2008 60,874,681 (+1.5%)

Source: Airports Council International

Busiest Routes 2016
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 New York JFK 1,496,505 American Airlines, Air France, Delta Air Lines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, XL Airways France
2 London Heathrow 1,282,061 Air France, British Airways
3 Barcelona El Prat 1,224,236 Air France, EasyJet, Vueling
4 Dubai 1,194,786 Air France, Emirates
5 Amsterdam Schiphol 1,144,348 Air France, KLM
6 Roma Fiumicino 1,143,804 Air France, Alitalia
7 Montreal Trudeau 1,076,875 Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat
8 Madrid Barajas 1,026,133 Air France, EasyJet, Vueling
9 Frankfurt 964,596 Air France, Lufthansa
10 Istanbul Atatürk 920,841 Air France, Turkish Airlines
11 Munich 894,527 Air France, Lufthansa
12 Toulouse Blagnac 891,222 Air France, EasyJet
13 Nice Côte d'Azur 806,113 Air France, EasyJet
14 Tel Aviv 785,553 Air France, El Al, Israir
15 Shanghai 781,826 Air China, Air France, China Eastern Airlines
16 Copenhagen Kastrup 760,379 Air France, EasyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
17 Vienna 754,080 Air France, Austrian Airlines
18 Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson 752,014 Air France, Delta Air Lines
19 Doha 721,615 Qatar Airways
20 Moscow Sheremetyevo 720,530 Aeroflot, Air France


Busiest intercontinental routes at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (2016) - Eurostat
Rank City Passengers
1 New York - JFK 1,496,505
2 Dubai 1,194,786
3 Montreal 1,076,875
4 Tel Aviv 785,553
5 Shanghai 781,826
6 Atlanta 752,014
7 Doha 721,615
8 Algiers 649,333
9 Beijing 592,134
10 Seoul 581,594
11 São Paulo 579,151
12 Hong Kong 563,597
13 Tokyo - Haneda 560,461
14 Los Angeles 541,319
15 Beirut 534,706
16 Casablanca 522,078
17 Toronto 505,623
18 Bangkok 498,538
19 San Francisco 488,104
20 Washington D.C 479,141
21 Singapore Changi 453,768
22 Abu Dhabi 438,276
23 Mauritius 429,729
24 Mexico City 426,060
25 Tokyo - Narita 412,353
26 Boston 401,356
27 Havana 374,746
28 Newark 371,617
29 Detroit 368,027
30 Punta Cana 341,784

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