Paris-Charles de Gaulle, largest hub in Europe

Paris-Charles de Gaulle, located 25 kilometres north of Paris, welcomed 76.2 million passengers in 2019, making it the leading airport in France and the 2nd largest in Europe.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle serves 328 destinations in 119 countries. As the hub of the national airline Air France and the main European hub of the Sky Team alliance, the airport handles the largest share of long-haul flights from Paris. Its connecting platform makes it the 3rd European hub for global connectivity (source: Hub Connectivity report), but the 1st for intercontinental traffic

The airport has nine passenger terminals spread over three large terminals and two independent runway doubles adapted to very large aircraft, which allow a maximum scheduling capacity of 120 movements per hour. 

The airport has 298 aircraft parking positions, 131 of which are in contact with the terminals. Finally, Paris-Charles de Gaulle is also home to the European hub of the express carrier FedEx and the largest cargo area in EuropeMore than 700 companies are present at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, which provides 90,190 direct jobs in all sectors of activity.

  • 76.2 million
  • 328destinations
    covered in 119 countries
  • 4 runways
  • 298aircraft parking stands
    including 131 in contact with the terminals
  • 90.190 direct jobs


 Structuring advantages

  • A privileged location for the traffic

    Point-to-point traffic  accounts for over two-thirds of passenger traffic at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. the airport is also ideally located.  
    The airport is also ideally located  to attract connecting traffic, thus boosting long-haul traffic since Paris is less than two hours by air from all major Western European cities.
    In 2017, connecting traffic accounted for 30.6% of traffic.

  • A powerful hub

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle airpor is the global hub of the airline Air France-KLM and the main European hub of the SkyTeam alliance.

    3rd European hub for global connectivity (number of cities covered), behind Frankfurt and Amsterdam According to the ACI Europe “Airport Industry Connectivity 2017” report which assesses the network of connections offered at airports.

    It is the European hub
    of La Poste and FedEx, the extension underway will enable an approximate 50% increase in sorting and parcel processing capacity and will be operational in 2019. It is also home to all of the main international freight companies.

    Its processing capacity of around 3.6 million tonnes
    of cargo per year provides expansion opportunities for cargo companies.

  • Airlines and cities served

    The main airlines operating from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport serve 325 cities. The breakdown is as follows: Air France (52.5% of the traffic), EasyJet (7.2%), Delta Airlines (2.4%), Vueling (1.6%), Lufthansa (1.5%).


  • A world-class in frastructure

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport has an extremely efficient runway system consisting of two pairs of parallel runways with a physical layout that enables them to be used independently. Each pair includes one runway designed for take-off and another for landing, which reduces the noise disturbance caused by air traffic.
    Thanks to this system and the resources implemented by the Air Navigation Services Division, the programmed capacity will reach up to 120 movements per hour as of the 2018 summer season. The entire runway system has been adapted to accommodate widebodied aircraft (Airbus A380).
    The airport has 301 aircraft parking stands, including 139 contact stands. Out of the 162 outlying stands, 78 are used for cargo.
    In 2017, the number of aircraft movements was 475,654 an increase of 0.6% compared with 2016.

  • Easy acces to the airport

    The airport is served by a road and railway network that provides easy access for passengers, cargo transporters and airport personnel. This places it at the cutting edge for intermodality compared with other airports. The airport is accessible thanks to the proximity of motorways, a TGV high-speed train station at the heart of terminal CDG2, two RER commuter stations and a coach station at terminal 1. Lastly, the automatic shuttle rail service CDGVal, connects the three airport terminals, the RER-TGV stations and the long-stay car parks.

    As part of the “New Grand Paris” project, the Prime Minister indicated that the government would like line 17 between Saint Denis Pleyel and the Paris-Le Bourget airport, to be in service by 2024 and with an extension as far as the Paris- Charles de Gaulle airport by 2030. The airport will then be located 35 minutes from La Défense and 32 minutes from the Saint Lazare train station with a connection at Saint Denis Pleyel. Line 17 was declared of public utility by Decree on 14 February 2017.

    The CDG Express project, which will link the airport to the Gare de l’Est in 20 minutes The link is expected to be commissioned by 2024.

    There are around 28,600 parking spaces at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport,
     18,000 of which are in adjacent car parks (in direct contact with the terminals).

  • A sustained strategy from an ambitious investment programme

    Groupe ADP is constantly improving the quality of its aviation infrastructure
    In addition, Groupe ADP has launched an ambitious investment programme in order to guarantee the quality of its aviation infrastructure, and to increase the handling capacity of its terminals:

    The linking of the 2B and 2D terminal, which will result in greater operational efficiency and robustness, particularly due to the sharing of the security check and screening functions.

    The linking of international satellites in Terminal 1
    , also aimed at sharing the security check and screening functions and boarding lounges, and at increasing the retail and service spaces so that an offering appropriate to international customers can be introduced.

    In addition, there are plans to devote significant resources to the functional robustness
     of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, and to targeted operations for customer satisfaction and sustainable development.