50 years of Paris/Charles de Gaulle

Paris/Charles de Gaulle is the undisputed gateway to one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, and this year, it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Airliner World takes a look at the history of the facility and how far it has come since it opened in 1974

In 1957, the French government decided that its capital required a new airport to relieve the pressure on the city’s other facility, Orly and fully replace Le Bourget. A suitable site, located 16 miles (25km) north of Paris, was eventually chosen with land in three départements: Seine-et Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-d’Oise. One of the communities in the area is Roissy-en-France, and even today, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is occasionally referred to as Paris Roissy or Roissy Airport.

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