Airports in France

Overview and Information About Major International Airports

Major Airports in France

France has 43 major airports providing journeys for more than 200 million passengers every year. The major airports include Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Nice, Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Marseille Provence and Toulouse Blagnac, each of which handles at least 7 million passengers annually. The busiest airport is Charles de Gaulle in Paris, which is one of the main hubs for the national carrier Air France.

Charles de Gaulle Airport

Established in 1974, Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris is the second largest airport in Europe, behind London Heathrow, and the eighth in the world. In 2013 the airport handled over 60 million people. The airport was originally built in 1966 as the Aéroport de Paris Nord, however was renamed Charles de Gaulle after the former President of France and leader of the Free French Forces. Air France uses the airport as their main base in France. A number of other major European airlines are also present such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, easyJet and Delta Air Lines. Amenities and services at Paris Charles de Gaulle include short and long term car parks, waiting areas, shops and restaurants, business lounges, Wi-Fi, smoking areas, toilets and facilities for travellers with restricted mobility.

Paris Orly Airport

Paris Orly Airport is one of the oldest airports in France, with the site of the airport having been used since the days of early aviation in the 1910s. Carrying 28 million passengers in 2013, it is now the second busiest airport in France and the eleventh in Europe. While the opening of Paris Charles de Gaulle took over many of the international and long-haul flights, Paris Orly Airport continues to offer the most domestic flights as well as flights throughout Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. It is served by airlines including Air France, CityJet, easyJet, British Airways, Iran Air, HOP!, Flybe and Vueling among many others. Facilities at the airport include a choice of shops and restaurants, toilets, Wi-Fi, premium lounges, parking, and staff assistance is available.