Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Charles de Gaulle International Airport (IATA: CDG) (French: Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), in Paris, is one of world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's main international airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), leader of the Free French Forces and founder of the French Fifth Republic. It is located near Roissy, 25 km to the north-east of Paris.
In 2006, Charles de Gaulle Airport ranked second in Europe in terms of passenger traffic with 56,808,967 passengers, behind London Heathrow Airport (67,530,223), and just above Frankfurt International Airport (52,810,683). In terms of plane movements, Charles de Gaulle Airport was number one in Europe with 541,566 planes, above Frankfurt International Airport (489,406) and Heathrow (477,029). In terms of cargo traffic, Charles de Gaulle Airport was second in Europe in 2006 with 1,854,950 metric tonnes (2,068,928 US tons), below Frankfurt (2,127,797 metric tonnes), but above Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (1,559,787 metric tonnes).
Many private shuttle companies operate between CDG Airport and Paris Downtown. This transfer option is one of the passengers favorite as you don't queue and get a door to door service, which means you will go to your Paris Hotel with no extra charge. No Strike affects the service and the traffic jams don't affect the bill : You pay a fixed price for your transfer.
The three other international airports serving Paris are Orly Airport, the most important after CDG, Paris-Beauvais-Tillé Airport, which mainly serves low-cost airlines, and Paris - Le Bourget Airport for General aviation (business jets).
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