Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Description of the airport

Located in the Greater Paris region, France’s economic powerhouse, and just 25 km north of downtown Paris, Paris-Charles de Gaulle is built on 3,257 hectares and offers national and international economic players unique development potential. It handles the largest share of long-haul and intercontinental commercial connections of the airport system which also comprises Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. This positioning greatly structures the activity and identity of the airport, which is the world’s gateway to France.

Key figures of 2016

  • • Three terminals with a handling capacity of over 79 million passengers per year 
  • • Six cargo terminals
  • • Passenger traffic: 65.9 million passengers handled
  • • Cargo and mail traffic: 2.1 million tonnes
  • • 10th world airport, 2nd European airport and the first French airport
  • • 329 destinations worldwide
  • • 472 950 aircraft movements (+0,8% compared to 2015)
  • • Home to approximately 700 businesses and 88,600 jobs.

Primary advantages

  • • Quality of infrastructure - the most up-to-date runways and terminals
  • • Significant land reserves
  • • More than 25,000 opportunities for connections.
  • • Less than two hours flights or TGV travels to most European cities.
  • • Global hub of Air France-KLM and main European hub of the SkyTeam alliance
  • • The European hub of FedEx and the French Post Office (handling capacity of 3.5 million tonnes of     freight per year)
  • • Intended to constitute one of the major interconnection points of the future Cargo transport network, Carex, in Europe.


Point-to-point traffic represents over two-thirds of the traffic of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The airport is ideally located to attract connecting traffic that feeds the long-haul traffic since Paris.
Paris is less than a two hour flight from all major Western European cities. The connection rate at the airport was 31.9% in 2016.

Airline companies

• Terminal 1 handles international and Schengen traffic and is home to the Star Alliance airlines members
• Terminal 2 handles international and Schengen traffic including Air France with its partners of Skyteam  alliance and the airlines of Oneworld alliance. 
• Terminal 3 mainly hosts charter and low-cost airlines.

The main airlines operating from Paris-Charles de Gaulle are Air France, easyJet, Delta Airlines, Vueling and Lufthansa.


Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport has a very 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.

• The entire runway system has been adapted to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft (Airbus A380).
• Programming capacity in 2017: 120 movements (arrivals/departures) per hour
• The airport has 317 aircraft parking stands, including 145 contact stands.
  Out of the 172 outlying stands, 79 are used for cargo.

Access to the airport

Paris-Charles de Gaulle is served by a road and railway network that provides easy access for passengers, cargo carriers and airport personnel. This network places the airport at the cutting edge for intermodality compared with other airports.

  • • 28,300 parking places
  • • TGV station in the heart of Terminal 2
  • • Two RER commuter stations
  • • Coach station at Terminal 1
  • • CDGVal (automated rail service) connects the three airport terminals, the RER/TGV stations and long-stay car parks.
In addition, the French Government has announced a rail link between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and central Paris.

Strategy of the airport


  • • Improve infrastructure quality and robustness
  • • Provide a suitable fee structure
  • • Provide first-rate quality of service and passenger facilities.
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