Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (French: Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle, IATA:CDG, ICAO: LFPG), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's largest 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 within portions of several communes, 25 km (16 mi) to the northeast of Paris. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France.
In 2012, the airport handled 61,556,202 passengers and 497,763 aircraft movements,making it the world's seventh busiest airport and Europe's second busiest airport (afterLondon Heathrow) in passengers served. It also is the world's tenth busiest andEurope's busiest airport in aircraft movement. In cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth busiest in the world and the second busiest in Europe after Frankfurt Airport, having handled 2,087,952 metric tonnes of cargo in 2011. On 1 March 2011, Franck Goldnadel was appointed as the director of the airport.

Charles de Gaulle Airport extends over 32.38 km2 (12.50 sq mi) of land. The choice of this vast area was made based on the limited number of potential relocations and expropriations and the possibility to further expand the airport in the future. It straddles three départements and six communes:Seine-et-Marne département: communes of Le Mesnil-Amelot (Terminals 2E, 2F ),Mauregard (Terminals 1, 3), Mitry-Mory Seine-Saint-Denis département: commune of Tremblay-en-France (Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, and Roissypôle) Val-d'Oise département: communes of Roissy-en-France and Épiais-lès-Louvres Management of the airport is solely under the authority of Aéroports de Paris (ADP), which also manages Orly, Le Bourget, Marsa Alam in Egypt, and several smaller airports in the suburbs of Paris.