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Airports in Paris – The Many Airports of Paris

Paris is one of the most iconic cities in the world and is renowned for having attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland Paris. Did you know however that Paris has five airports?


Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

This is the largest international airport in Paris, and is also known as the Roissy Airport, due to it being the local district the airport is located in. Charles De Gaulle led the Free French Forces and founded the French Fifth Republic prior to serving as the President of France from 1959 to 1969. This airport is Europe's second busiest airport, with the first being London-Heathrow, and the ninth busiest overall. Travelling to and from this airport would be easy since there are countless Paris airport transfers to choose from such as Easy Go Shuttle.


Paris Orly Airport

This is the second international airport Paris has to offer and is situated both in Orly as well as Villeneuve-le-Roi. It shares the load of domestic and international flights with the Charles de Gaulle Airport, for AirFrance. Destinations from this airport include the Middle-East, Africa, Caribbean, North American and South-East Asia. This airport is historically significant since during the Second World War it served as an air-base by occupying German forces. The American air-force subsequently re-built the airport after it was bombed and the Germans retreated.


Beauvais-Tille Airport

This is also an international airport and is the eleventh busiest airport in France. There are five main airlines that operate here which are Ryanair, Blue Air, Air Moldova, Volotea and Wizz Air. There's a variety of destinations the airport caters to such as Bucharest, Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon. Similar to the Orly airport, Beauvais-Tille was also initially built by the Germans during the Second World War and later converted to be used as an international airport after being liberated and utilised by American forces.


Paris-Le Bourget Airport

This used to be the nation's primary airport before Charles de Gaulle. This was also Paris's one and only airport during 1919 when it was first built. Later on it become historically significant when it served as the landing site for the historic transatlantic crossing by Charles Lindbergh which he achieved solo in 1927 in the aircraft The Spirit of St.Louis. The duration of this slight took thirty-three hours and thirty minutes. Currently the airport is only used for general aviation and occasionally becomes the host of various air-shows such as the famous Paris Air Show.


Chalons Vatry Airport

This is one of the minor airports in France and functions mostly for cargo-planes of various freight operations. It initially opened as a military airbase in 1953 and was converted to civilian use in 2000. One time, Airbus notably chose this airport to conduct some aircraft tests. In addition to cargo planes, there are some regional flights that are handled by this airport from Ryanair, Atlas Atlantique Airlines and Interestingly all of these flights are catered to by a single runway which measures just over twelve-thousand feet by a hundred and fifty feet.