Charles de Gaulle Airport

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Aéroport Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle
Roissy Airport
Aeroports de Paris logo.svg
Aeroport de Roissy.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Aéroports de Paris
Serves Paris, France
Location 25 km (16 mi) NE of Paris
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 119 m / 392 ft
Coordinates 49°00′35″N 002°32′52″E / 49.00972°N 2.54778°E / 49.00972; 2.54778Coordinates: 49°00′35″N 002°32′52″E / 49.00972°N 2.54778°E / 49.00972; 2.54778
Location of Île-de-France region in France
Location of Île-de-France region in France
CDG is located in Île-de-France (region)
Location in Île-de-France
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 4,215 13,829 Asphalt
08R/26L 2,700 8,858 Concrete
09L/27R 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
09R/27L 4,200 13,780 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft movements 497,763
Passengers 65,766,986
Economic impact $29.0 billion[2]
Social impact 250.8 thousand[2]
Sources: AIP France,[3] ACI[4][5]

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, IATA: CDGICAO: LFPG), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's largest international airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), leader of the Free French Forces and founder of the French Fifth Republic, as well as the President of France from 1959 to 1969. The airport is located within portions of several communes, 25 km (16 mi)[3] to the northeast of Paris. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France as well as a European hub for Delta Air Lines.

In 2013, the airport handled 62,052,917 passengers and 497,763 aircraft movements,[6] making it the world's eighth-busiest airport and Europe's second-busiest airport (after London Heathrow) in terms of passengers served. It also is the world's tenth-busiest and it is 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), having handled 2,150,950 metric tonnes of cargo in 2012.[6] On 1 March 2011, Franck Goldnadel was appointed as the director of the airport.[7][8]


Paris Charles de Gaulle airport covers 32.38 square kilometres (12.50 sq mi) of land. The choice of this vast area was made based on the limited number of potential relocations and expropriations and the possibility to further expand the airport in the future. It straddles three départements and six communes:

Management of the airport is solely under the authority of Aéroports de Paris (ADP), which also manages Orly, Le Bourget, Marsa Alam in Egypt, and several smaller airports in the suburbs of Paris.



The planning and construction phase of what was known then as Aéroport de Paris Nord (Paris North Airport) 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[edit]

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.


Aerial view of Terminal 1
Aerial view of Terminal 2A and 2B

The Airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is the oldest. Terminal 2 was originally built exclusively for Air France; since then it has been expanded significantly and now also hosts other airlines. The third terminal (T3, formerly T9) hosts charter and low-cost airlines. The CDGVAL is a light-rail shuttle that links the terminals, railway station and parking lots. Started on 4 April 2007, the CDGVAL links all three terminals (except hall 2G). There is only a single station for Terminal 2, near the rail station, so the walk distance to the more distant halls 2A–2B is more than 500 m (1,600 ft). Both CDGVAL and bus are needed to reach 2G from Terminal 1.

Terminal 1[edit]

The first terminal, designed by Paul Andreu, was built in the image of an octopus. It consists of a circular central part housing central functions like check-in and baggage claim. Seven satellites which are connected to the central building by underground walkways contain the gates.

The central building, with a large skylight in its centre, sees each floor dedicated to a single function. The first floor is reserved for technical functions and is not accessible to the public. The second floor contains shops and restaurants, the CDGVAL shuttle platforms and a part of the counters from a recent renovation. The majority of check-in counters are located on the third floor, which also has access to travel by taxi, bus and special vehicles. Departing travellers can reach the fourth floor, which contains duty-free stores and border control posts, and connects, by tunnels passing under the tarmac, to satellite terminals where the boarding gates are located. Travellers arriving in these same satellites follow a path to reach the fifth floor where baggage claim and customs are located, as well as the arrival area and exit areas. The four upper floors are reserved for parking or use of administration and the airlines.

The passage between the third, fourth and fifth floors is done through a tangle of escalators arranged in the centre of the building. These escalators are suspended over the central court. Each escalator is covered with a transparent tube for cover from the weather. These escalators were often used in films (for example, in The Last Gang of Ariel Zeitoun). The Alan Parsons Project album I Robot features these escalators on its cover.

Terminal 2[edit]

This consists of seven sub-terminals, designated A-G. Terminals 2A-2F are joined by ground-level or below-ground passageways, while terminal 2G is 800 m (0.5 mi) away, and is only reachable by a bus service from the other terminals. K, L and M are not terminals but halls of terminal 2E. Terminal 2 has an RER and TGV station, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, below the common area linking halls 2C–2F.

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[edit]

Collapsed Terminal 2E, June 2004
Terminal 2

On 23 May 2004, not long after the inauguration of terminal 2E, a portion of it collapsed near Gate E50, killing four people.[10] 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.[11] 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[edit]

Terminal 2, Display Screen
Air France aircraft on stands at Terminal 2F at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
KLM Boeing 737-700 Push-back at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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. Its bus connection is outside the security area and a security check is needed also for transfer passengers.

Hall L (Satellite 3)[edit]

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)[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Terminal 3[edit]

Terminal 3 consists of separate buildings for both arrivals and departures. It is located 1 km (0.62 mi) from Terminal 1, but the walking path is 3 km (1.9 mi) long. The RER and CDGVAL trains are at a distance of 300 m (980 ft) on foot. This terminal building has no direct boarding gates, all passengers are ferried via buses to the aircraft stands.


Roissypôle is a complex consisting of office buildings, shopping areas, and hotels within Charles de Gaulle Airport. The complex includes the head office of Air France,[14] Continental Square,[15] the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport,[16] and le Dôme building. Le Dôme includes the head office of Air France Consulting, an Air France subsidiary.[17] Continental Square has the head office of XL Airways France,[18] the head office of Air France subsidiary Servair[19] and the Air France Vaccinations Centre.[20]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Countries served by flights from Charles de Gaulle Airport (includes seasonal and future destinations).
Airlines Destinations Terminal / Hall
Adria Airways Ljubljana, Tirana 1
Aegean Airlines Athens, Larnaca
Seasonal: Corfu, Kalamata, Heraklion, Rhodes, Samos, Thessaloniki
Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin 1
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 2C
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg 2C
Aeroméxico Mexico City 2E
Air Algérie Algiers, Constantine, Oran 2C
Air Astana Astana 11
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion 2C
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson 2A
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Shanghai–Pudong 1
Air Europa Málaga, Valencia 2F
Air France Abidjan, Abuja, Algiers, Amman–Queen Alia, Antananarivo, Atlanta, Bamako, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bangalore, Bangui, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Birmingham, Bogotá, Boston, Brasília, Brazzaville, Bucharest–Otopeni, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cairo, Caracas, Casablanca, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Delhi, Detroit, Djibouti, Douala, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Freetown–Lungi, Glasgow-International (resumes 27 March 2016),[21] Guangzhou, Havana, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Jakarta–Soekarno Hatta (ends 26 March 2016),[22] Istanbul–Atatürk, Johannesburg–Tambo, Kiev–Boryspil, Manchester, Kinshasa–N'djili, Lagos, Libreville, Lima, Lomé, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luanda, Malabo, Mauritius, Mexico City, Miami, Montevideo, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, N'djamena, New York–JFK, Niamey, Nouakchott, Osaka–Kansai, Ouagadougou, Panama City, Papeete, Pointe-Noire, Port Harcourt, Punta Cana, Rabat, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Riyadh, Saint-Martin, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Tehran-Imam Khomeini (resumes 17 April 2016),[23] Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Tunis, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles, Yaoundé, Wuhan, Yerevan, Zagreb (begins 4 April 2016)
Seasonal: Cancún, Cape Town, Chicago–O'Hare, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sofia
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France[24]
Air France Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan–Linate, Montpellier, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Stockholm–Arlanda, Toulouse, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Kraków (begins 4 July 2016)[25]
Air France
operated by CityJet
Dublin, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Newcastle upon Tyne, Turin 2E, 2G
Air France
operated by HOP!
Aberdeen, Basel/Mulhouse, Biarritz (resumes 27 March 2016), Bilbao, Billund, Bremen, Brest, Budapest, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, Genoa, Gothenburg, Hanover, Ljubljana, Nuremberg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Pau, Rennes, Stuttgart, Zagreb (ends 3 April 2016) 2E, 2G
Air India Delhi 2C
Air Madagascar Antananarivo 2C
Air Malta Malta 2D
Air Mauritius Mauritius 2E
Air Méditerranée Agadir, Algiers, Casablanca, Chlef, Djerba, Eilat–Ovda, Fuerteventura, Oran, Oujda, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Beirut, Gran Canaria,[26] Heraklion, Ibiza, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Split
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Athens, Chania, Dubrovnik, Bodrum, Hurghada, Jerez de la Frontera, Olbia, Pula
Air Serbia Belgrade 2D
Air Seychelles Mahé 2A
Air Tahiti Nui Los Angeles, Papeete 2A
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Québec City, Vancouver
airBaltic Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius 2D
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino 2F
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda 1
American Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston, Charlotte
Arkia Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Eilat–Ovda
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon 1
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Calvi, Halifax, Kittilä
Seasonal charter: Budapest, Dubrovnik, Porto, Seville
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk 3
Austrian Airlines Vienna 2D
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku 2D
Belavia Minsk–National 2D
BMI Regional Bristol 3
British Airways London–Heathrow 2A
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1
Bulgaria Air Sofia 2D
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong 2A
Camair-Co Douala, Yaoundé 1
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong 2E
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou 2E
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Zadar
Czech Airlines Prague 2D
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Newark, Raleigh/Durham (begins 13 May 2016),[27] Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
easyJet Agadir, Barcelona, Belfast–International, Biarritz, Bologna, Bristol, Budapest, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro (begins 29 March 2016), Glasgow-International, Kraków, Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London-Southend (begins 26 February 2016),[28] Madrid, Málaga, Manchester (begins 13 June 2016),[29] Marrakech, Milan-Linate, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Porto, Prague, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Casablanca, Corfu, Figari, Heraklion, Ibiza, Minorca, Olbia (begins 2 July 2016), Palma de Mallorca, Pula (begins 26 June 2016), Split
EgyptAir Cairo
Seasonal: Luxor
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Eilat–Ovda
Emirates Dubai–International 2C
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Kittilä 3
Equatorial Congo Airlines Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire 1
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 2A
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2C
Eurowings Düsseldorf 1
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan 1
Finnair Helsinki 2D
Flybe Birmingham, Bournemouth (ends 27 March 2016), Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 27 March 2016), Exeter, London-City (begins 28 March 2016),[30] Manchester 2E
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Dalaman 3
Germanwings Berlin–Tegel, Hamburg 1
Gulf Air Bahrain 2C
Hainan Airlines Hangzhou, Xi'an 2A
Iberia Express Madrid 3
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík 1
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 2A
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita (resumes 15 March 2016)[31] 2E Leeds/Bradford 3
Jet Airways Mumbai 2C
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Kenyatta 2C
KLM Amsterdam 2F
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon 2E
Kuwait Airways Kuwait, Rome–Fiumicino 1
La Compagnie London,Newark 1
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin 1
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 1
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 1
Luxair Luxembourg 2G
Middle East Airlines Beirut 2E
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica
Seasonal: Tivat
Niki Vienna 3
Oman Air Muscat 2A
Onur Air Istanbul–Atatürk 3
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore 1
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca 1
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia 2A
SATA International Seasonal: Ponta Delgada 1
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh 2C
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Stavanger, Tromsø
Singapore Airlines Singapore 1
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Ostrava, Prague 3
SriLankan Airlines Colombo 1
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 2A
SunExpress Izmir
Seasonal: Antalya, Dalaman
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich 1
Syphax Airlines Djerba, Sfax, Tunis 1
TACV Cabo Verde Airlines Sal, São Vicente 1
TAM Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos 1
TAROM Bucharest–Otopeni 2E
Tassili Airlines Algiers[32] 1
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir 3
Turkish Airlines Ankara, Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat 2D
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil 2D
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles 1
Ural Airlines Yekaterinburg (resumes 24 March 2016)[33] TBA
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent 2C
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City 2E
Vueling Barcelona, Copenhagen (begins 5 May 2016),[34] Fuerteventura (begins 7 May 2016),[34] London-Gatwick (begins 5 May 2016),[35] Madrid, Oviedo, Prague (begins 5 May 2016),[34] Seville, Venice (begins 5 May 2016),[34] Vienna (begins 4 May 2016)[34]
Seasonal: Bari (begins 7 May 2016),[34] Tangier (begins 7 May 2016)[34]
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík 3
XL Airways France Cancún, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Los Angeles (begins 1 June 2016),[36] Miami, New York–JFK, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Samaná,[37] San Francisco, San Salvador (Bahamas), Varadero
  • ^1 Air Astana is moving to Terminal 2A on 11 March 2016[38]


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Algiers, Antananarivo, Atlanta, Bahrain, Bamako, Bangui, Boston,[39] Brazzaville, Cairo, Casablanca, Chicago–O'Hare, Dammam, Djibouti, Douala, Dubai-International, Dublin, Glasgow-Prestwick, Guadalajara, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Jeddah, Kuwait, Mexico City, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, N'djamena, New York–JFK, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Pointe-Noire, Port Harcourt, Porto, Saint Denis de la Réunion, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Tripoli, Tunis, Zaragoza
Air France Cargo
operated by Martinair Cargo
Air France Cargo
operated by MNG Airlines
ASL Airlines France Bordeaux, Brest, Lorient, Lourdes, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Toulouse
Cargo Garuda Indonesia Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Cathay Pacific Cargo Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London–Heathrow, Mumbai
China Airlines Cargo Taipei–Taoyuan
China Cargo Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Cargo Guangzhou,[40] Vienna[40]
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Casablanca, Cincinnati, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow
FedEx Express Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Birmingham, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dubai-International, Guangzhou, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Indianapolis, Istanbul–Atatürk, London–Stansted, Madrid, Memphis, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Munich, Newark, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tokyo-Narita, Vienna
FedEx Feeder
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Belfast-International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lyon, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Shannon, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Warsaw-Chopin
FedEx Feeder
operated by Swiftair
Korean Air Cargo Seoul–Incheon
MNG Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Istanbul–Atatürk, London–Luton[41]
Swiftair Madrid[42]
TNT Airways Liège
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Louisville
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air

Ground transportation[edit]

Terminal 2, CDGVAL station
Terminal 2E, LISA station
RER station of Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV
Train station of Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV


A free automatic shuttle rail service at Charles de Gaulle Airport consisting in two lines CDGVAL and LISA based on the VAL system links the three airport terminals, RER and TGV stations and main car parks within 8 minutes.


CDG airport is connected to Paris by the RER B suburban route (€10 in 2015[43]). In off-peak hours and during the weekend, there are two types of services:

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

The fast services take about 30 minutes to the Gare du Nord, the stopping services about 35. There are two RER B stations inside the airport:

RER B serves both CDG airport (with a travelling clientele) as well as northern suburbs of Paris. The line, operated by SNCF, suffers from slowness and overcrowding. For these reasons, French authorities started two projects: one, CDG Express,[44] is supposed to link CDG to Paris Gare de l'Est from 2016 with trains specifically designed for air travellers but seems to be delayed; the other, RER B Nord Plus,[45] will modernise and streamline the northern branches of RER B.


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.


easyBus offers a direct, non-stop service to Paris centre, stopping at Le Palais Royal / Louvre area. Roissybus, operated by the RATP, departs from terminals 1 and 2 and goes non-stop to Paris, terminating behind the Palais Garnier.

Air France operates "Les Cars Air France" to several destinations: line 2 to Place de l'Etoile and Porte Maillot, line 3 to Paris Orly, line 4 to Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon.[46]

There is a bus and coach station in Roissypôle, next to the RER B station. Buses departing from this station include RATP lines 350 and 351 going to Paris and the bus going to the Parc Astérix.

A Bus VEA Disneyland shuttle departs from the three Terminals.

After the last RER B of 23:50, the Noctilien night bus N143 and N140 departs every half-hour and hour respectively from terminal 1 door D12, terminal 2F door 2 and Roissypôle at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1.


Since 17 December 2012, SNCF's national and international coach network, IDBUS, serves Charles de Gaulle Airport, by terminal 3, station CDG 1.

  • London – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – Lyon
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – Lyon
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – Lille
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – Brussels


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

Taxis and Transfers[edit]

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[edit]

The two other airports serving Paris are Orly Airport (the most important after CDG) and Le Bourget Airport (for general aviation and private jets). Some low-cost airlines also advertise Beauvais–Tillé Airport and Châlons Vatry Airport, respectively 85 km and 165 km from Paris proper, as serving Paris, using the names Paris–Beauvais and Paris–Vatry to designate them.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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 8–300 (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.[47]
  • On 25 May 2000, a freight-carrying Short SH36 (operated as Streamline flight 200), departing to Luton, England, collided on the runway with departing Air Liberte 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.
  • 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.


  • In December 2006, 20 baggage handlers were found guilty of theft.[48]
  • In 2007, 19 baggage handlers were found guilty of theft.[48]
  • In September 2008, 12 baggage handlers were arrested on suspicion of stealing goods from luggages worth 450,000 euros.[49]
  • In February 2011, 20 baggage handlers were arrested on suspicion of stealing from the luggage of passengers.[50]
  • In November 2012, 11 baggage handlers and 2 maintenance workers were arrested for stealing valuable items from luggage.[51]

Mehran Karimi Nasseri[edit]

Main article: Mehran Karimi Nasseri

On 26 August 1988, Mehran Karimi Nasseri found himself held at Charles de Gaulle airport by immigration. He claimed he was a refugee, but had his refugee papers stolen. After years of bureaucratic wrangling, it was concluded that Nasseri had entered the airport legally and could not be expelled from its walls, but since he had no papers, there was no country to deport him to, leaving him in residential limbo. Nasseri continued to live within the confines of the airport until 2006, even though French authorities had since made it possible for him to leave if he so wished.[52] Nasseri was perhaps the inspiration for the 2004 film The Terminal. In July 2006 he was hospitalised and later taken care of by charities; he did not return to the airport.


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.[53]


Busiest International Routes 2014[54]
1 New York JFK 1,367,096 American Airlines, Air France, Delta Air Lines, XL Airways France
2 London Heathrow 1,250,514 Air France, British Airways
3 Barcelona El Prat 1,183,802 Air France, Easyjet, Vueling
4 Roma Fiumicino 1,171,256 Air France, Alitalia
5 Dubai 1,146,818 Air France, Emirates
6 Amsterdam Schiphol 1,107,319 Air France, KLM
7 Montreal Trudeau 1,063,559 Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat
8 Frankfurt 1,053,897 Air France, Lufthansa
9 Madrid Barajas 990,702 Air France, Easyjet, Vueling
10 Munich 913,637 Air France, Lufthansa
11 Istanbul Ataturk 826,569 Air France, Turkish Airlines
12 Moscow Sheremetyevo 790,922 Aeroflot, Air France
13 Tel Aviv 789,145 Air France, El Al, Israir
14 Vienna 773,127 Air France, Austrian Airlines
15 Copenhagen Kastrup 769,244 Air France, Easyjet, Scandinavian Airlines
16 Zurich Kloten 746,102 Air France, Swiss International Air Lines
17 Shanghai Pudong 717,352 Air China, Air France, China Eastern Airlines
18 Geneva Cointrin 698,648 Air France, Swiss International Air Lines
19 Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson 680,466 Air France, Delta Air Lines
20 Prague Ruzhyne 675,170 Air France, Czech Airlines, Easyjet
21 Berlin Tegel 668,187 Air France, Germanwings
22 Dublin 661,376 Aer Lingus, Air France
23 Milan Malpensa 655,633 Easyjet
24 Milan Linate 634,095 Air France, Alitalia
25 Venice Marco Polo 632,788 Air France, Easyjet
26 Athens 618,942 Aegean Airlines, Air France
27 Algiers 612,608 Air Algerie, Air France
28 Los Angeles 605,944 Air France, Air Tahiti Nui
29 Doha 578,433 Qatar Airways
30 São Paulo Guarulhos 569,893 Air France, TAM Airlines
Busiest intercontinental routes at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (2014) - Eurostat[55]
Rank City Passengers
1 United States New York - JFK 1,368,038
2 United Arab Emirates Dubai 1,146,818
3 Canada Montreal 1,063,559
4 Israel Tel Aviv 789,368
5 China Shanghai 717,654
6 United States Atlanta 682,211
7 Algeria Alger 613,608
8 United States Los Angeles 606,005
9 Qatar Doha 578,310
10 Brazil São Paulo 569,928
11 Hong Kong Hong Kong 557,132
12 Japan Tokyo - Narita 521,886
13 China Beijing 513,272
14 South Korea Seoul 505,893
15 Lebanon Beirut 497,206
16 Japan Tokyo - Haneda 493,795
17 Morocco Casablanca 479,110
18 Thailand Bangkok 470,417
19 United States San Francisco 456,475
20 Canada Toronto 453,886

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External links[edit]

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