Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Description of the airport

Located 25 kilometres North of Paris, Paris-Charles de Gaulle is located on 3,257 hectares. It brings together the largest share of long-courier commercial and intercontinental airport system connections, except those overseas and to the Caribbean, which are operated from the Paris-Orly airport. This positioning strongly strengthens the operations and the identity of the airport, which is the gateway to the world in France.

Key figures of 2013

  • Three terminals with a capacity of 80 million passengers per year and six cargo terminals
  • • Passenger traffic: 62.0 million passengers handled
  • • Freight and mail traffic: 2.1 million tonnes
  • • 8th world airport, 2nd European airport and the first French airport
  • • 315 cities around the world served (1)
  • • 427 206aircraft movements (-3.9% compared to 2012)
  • • Connection rate on the platform: 31,4 %
  • • Home to approximately 700 businesses and 85,000 jobs.

Primary advantages

  • • Quality of infrastructure - the most up-to-date runways and terminals
  • • Global hub of Air France-KLM and main European hub of the SkyTeam alliance
  • • With more than 25,000 opportunities for connections in less than two hours between mid range and long haul courier flights per week (2), it is the most powerful European hub
  • • The European hub of FedEx and the French Post Office (handling capacity of 3.5 million tonnes of freight per year)
  • • Significant land reserves
  • • Intended to constitute one of the major interconnection points of the future freight transport network, Carex, in Europe.
(1) With a minimum of 12 movements per year.
(2) Source: Air France-KLM.


Point to point traffic represents over two-thirds of the traffic of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Furthermore, the airport is ideally located to attract connecting traffic that feeds the long-haul traffic since Paris is less than a two hour flight from all major Western European cities. The connection rate at the airport was 30.7% in 2013.

The airline companies

• Terminal 1 of Paris-Charles de Gaulle handles international and Schengen traffic and includes Star Alliance member companies.
• Terminal 2 handles international and Schengen traffic including Air France, its SkyTeam alliance partners and those companies in the oneworld alliance. 
• Terminal 3 mainly handles charter and low cost carrier traffic.

The main airlines operating at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport are Air France, easyJet, Lufthansa, Alitalia and Fly be.

The runways

The Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport has an extremely efficient runway system because of its two doublets whose physical layout allows independent use. For each of the doublets, a runway is specialised for takeoffs and the other for landings, which particularly enables the limitation of noise caused by traffic.

This runway system has been adapted to host very large aircraft (Airbus A380).

• Programming capacity in 2011: 115 movements (arrivals/departures) per hour 
• Projected capacity for 2015-2020: 120 movements per hour.
The airport has more than 300 aircraft parking stands including about 130 in contact with terminals.

Access to the airport

The Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is served by a network of road and rail transport which makes it accessible for passengers, cargo carriers and company staff operating at the airport and place it at the forefront in terms of airport intermodality.

  • • Motorways (27,000 parking places)
  • • TGV station in the heart of Terminal 2
  • • Two RER stations
  • • Bus station at Terminal 1
  • • Automated CDGV transport that connects the three terminals of the airport, the RER/TGV stations and long-term car parking.
In addition, the State is considering a proposed rail link between Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and central Paris.

Strategy of the airport