Situated 14 miles from the French capital, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport also known as Roissy Airport is the bigger of the two Paris airports. Last year, the airport dealt with more than 61 million passengers, and handled round about 5,00,000 airplanes movements, thereby making it the 2nd busiest airport (only next to Heathrow) in Europe, and 7th busiest in the world in terms of passengers served.
The Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is connected to the French capital and other places around. With taxis, limos and RATP buses operating in good numbers, getting to and out of the airport is as easy as it gets.
The building was planned in a circular avant-garde style, a style heavily attributed to French artists. Originally referred to as the Paris North Airport, the name was changed to Charles de Gaulle by the time it opened in 1974.
Airlines and Destinations
With the appeal of Parisian excitement, fashion and romantic taste, Charles de Gaulle is the hub of Air France, the national airlines of France. With more than 100 airports on its network route, you are sure to find several flights flying to your destination. Just about any place with airlines connects to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, including London, Moscow, Mauritius, Geneva, Toronto, Los Angeles, Rome, Berlin, Dublin, Dubai, Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Chicago, Johannesburg, Cairo, Delhi, and Rio de Janeiro. There are also several flights to smaller local airports.
Money and Communications: The Charles de Gualle provides Banks, ATM’s, currency-exchange and post offices. Internet kiosks can be found in several places, and a Cyber Café is also available.
Restaurants and Shopping: You can certainly depend on good food. After all this is France! There are a wide variety of sophisticated, quality restaurants throughout the airport from the family places to the La Terrasse de Paris. Sandwich and coffee bars are also available as well as bars where one can enjoy a nice glass of wine or draft beer.
If you just are not hungry, there are lots of shops- not just gift shops. You can find anything from clothes, jewelry, perfumery and cosmetics, to toys, electronics and home décor. Many of the shops in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport offer luxury brands. A few of these include Prada, Hermes, Gucci, Burberry, Dior, and Cartier.