Charles de Gaulle International Airport (France)
Locally referred to as Roissy Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport (IATA: CDG and ICAO: LFPG) is not only France’s largest but also one of the most important international airports in Europe. It is indeed Europe’s second busiest international airports after Heathrow Airport. The airport is located some 25 km toward the north-eastern part of Paris City and serves as Air France’s main hub.
The airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 which is the oldest is designed in form of an octopus. Its suitability as a terminal has continuously been questioned by travelers who often complain of the impossibility to have a view of aircrafts from inside the terminal. Terminal 2 is divided into seven smaller terminals (2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F and 2G). The first six smaller terminals are connected by either a ground tunnel or above-ground passageways. 2G is located a distance from the other six and reachable by shuttle bus. It is reserved for use by Air France and its affiliates and serves travelers flying to Schengen Area. Terminal 2 also features two large halls referred to as Satellites 3 and 4 that also serve large-capacity airlines.
Located some 3 km away on foot from Terminal 1 is Terminal 3 with its two separate buildings for arrivals and departures. All travelers disembarking or departing from this terminal have to be ferried by shuttle bus since it has no boarding gates.
Apart from the passenger terminals, the airport also features a complex building that houses several offices, hotels and shopping areas. Known as Roissypole, the complex houses Air France offices, Hilton Hotel and Continental Square among other establishments.
Shuttling within the airport is free by use of automatic rail service that connects all the three terminals. There are Roissy buses that operate between the airport and Paris City center