Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly: the two gateways to France

Paris-Charles de Gaulle, gateway to the world

Located 25 kilometres north of Paris, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport covers an area of 3,257 hectares and is connected to 325 destinations, including 113 intercontinental ones.

  • Paris-CDG airport: key figures


    Primary advantages

    Primary advantages



    Over two-thirds of the traffic at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is point to point. Furthermore, the airport is ideally located to attract connecting traffic which 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 30.6% in 2018.

    The airlines

    Terminal 1 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle handles international and Schengen traffic, and includes Star Alliance member airlines.
    Terminal 2 handles international and Schengen traffic, including Air France, its SkyTeam alliance partners and the airlines belonging to Oneworld alliance.
    Terminal 3 mainly handles charter and low-cost traffic.

    The main airlines operating at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport are Air France, easyJet, Delta Airlines, Vueling et Lufthansa.

    The runways

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has an extremely efficient runway system with two sets of parallel runways whose physical layout allows independent use. For each of the two sets, one runway is used for takeoffs and the other for landings, thus limiting the noise impact caused by traffic.

    Access to the airport

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is served by a network of road and rail transport which makes it accessible for passengers, cargo carriers and airlines' employees operating at the airport. This network places the airport at the forefront of intermodality.
    CDGVAL, the automated rail shuttle connects the airport's terminals, the RER/TGV train stations and the long-term car parking.
    In addition, in 2023 the French State will launch a rail link between Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and central Paris: CDGExpress.

    Investment program

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle, a connection infrastructure like no other in Europe with land reserve and no runway restrictions:
    • New Groupe ADP headquarters inaugurated in 2016 within the airport,
    • Merger of international satellites of Terminal 1,
    • Development of cargo activities,
    Land reserve for Terminal 4.

Paris-Orly, your "city of light" airport

Located 10 kilometres south of Paris, Paris-Orly covers an area of 1,540 hectares.

Three runways with the capacity to schedule 72 aircraft movements per hour. 
In 2017, Paris-Orly saw approximately 229,000 movements.

  • Paris-Orly airport: key figures

    Paris Orly Key figures

    Primary advantages

    Paris Orly Advantages

    Regulatory constraints

    Traffic at Paris-Orly Airport is subject to two regulatory constraints:
    Night curfew from 23:30 to 6:00
    Annual limit of 250,000 takeoffs and landings (Order of 6 October 1994 by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Tourism). In 2016, the number of aircraft movements totalled 234,453.


    Traffic at Paris-Orly Airport is almost entirely point to point.

    Over the past ten years, the development of traffic at Paris-Orly has been less favourable than at Paris-Charles de Gaulle due to the annual cap of 250,000 slots and to the impact of competition in the domestic market from the TGV high-speed train services, particularly the TGV  Sud-Est and the TGV Est that serve southeastern and eastern France respectively.

    The airlines

    The main airlines operating at Paris-Orly are Air France, Transavia, easyJet, Vueling and Corsair.

    The runways

    Paris Orly Runways
    Paris-Orly Airport has three runways with a programming capacity of 76 movements per hour in 2018. Runway 1 is suitable for wide-bodied
    and can accommodate diverted A380s. In 2016, there were 234,453 aircraft movements at Paris-Orly airport.

    The airport has 104 aircraft parking stands, including more than fifty in contact with the terminals.

    Access to the airport

    Paris Orly Parking

    Investment program

    Increase the capacity of Paris-Orly to accommodate up to 32.5 million passengers in 2020:
    • New international boarding lounge East Pier opened in 2016,
    • Junction building (Orly 3) between Orly 1-2 and Orly 4,
    • New baggage handling.

Exceptional connectivity and vision for future 

CDG traffic potential 

No. 2 in Europe for connectivity (ACI 2018).

- Direct access to a global network of 325 destinations from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, including 111 intercontinental ones.
- Quick and easy connections via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub by plane or by TGV (high-speed train).
- The future CDG Express will connect Paris-Charles de Gaulle and the centre of Paris in 20 minutes starting in 2024.

Property-related projects:
- 2B2D junction
- Satellite T1 junction
- Terminal 4

Orly traffic potential

- Direct access to a global network of 156 destinations from Paris-Orly, including 16 intercontinental ones.
- The future metro line 14 will connect Paris-Orly to the centre of Paris in 20 minutes starting in 2024, and the future line 18 will connect Paris-Orly to the Plateau de Saclay in 2027.

Property-related project:
-  Creation of a multi-modal station
-  Overhaul of Orly 4 International Departure Process

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