History of Aéroport de Paris from 1961 to 1981

1961
General de Gaulle, President of the Republic, inaugurated the South terminal at Paris-Orly on the 24th of February.
Since its commissioning, the new building at Paris-Orly Sud receives 9,000 passengers per day.

1962
Paris-Orly receives more visitors (3.4 million) than the Palace of Versailles.
Stars of the music hall and screen are photographed on the boarding ladder.

1965
Creation of the Paris-Nord Airport in Roissy on the 22nd of June.
At the end of the year, the South terminal at Paris-Orly approaches the six million passenger level.

1966
Four million people come to the Paris-Orly South terminal for lunch, or a stroll on the terrace to watch the planes take off or land.

1968
First air bridges for widebody doors. Paris-Orly demonstrates its ability to adapt to the arrival of jet aircraft.
In October of the preceding year, construction work of Paris-Orly Ouest began.

1969
The terminal at Paris-Orly Sud reaches the threshold of 9 million passengers, more than half of its theoretical capacity.
Arrival of "Jumbo" jet (the first Boeing 747 from Pan Am is placed at Paris-Orly. Traffic increases by over 15% per year.

1971
The terminal at Paris-Orly Ouest, designed by Henri Vicariot, opens its doors after 40 months of work.

1973
Debut of the Paris-CDG 2 Airport design, while Terminal 1 is not yet commissioned.

1974
Inauguration and commissioning of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, revolutionary with its terminal composed of a central cylindrical body and seven satellites.

1976
The Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport welcomes first commercial flight of the Concorde.
Inauguration of the RER station at the Paris-CDG Airport.
Aéroports de Paris breaks the 20 million passenger mark, representing a doubling in seven years

1977
Renovation of the Paris-Le Bourget Airport. Companies are gradually leaving Paris-Le Bourget to settle in the new Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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