5 Largest Airports in France

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Paris Airports


Aéroports de Paris (group ADP) is composed of 3 airports in Ile-de-France (source):

  1. Paris- Charles de Gaulle (IATA: CDG): This airport is Nº2 in Europe for passenger traffic and Nº1 for Cargo. It is composed of 3 large terminals and 4 runways. In 2019, more than 76 million passengers transited by Paris – Charles de Gaulle. It serves 328 destinations in 119 countries.
  2. Paris – Orly (IATA: ORY): dedicated to point-to-point flights, this is the Nº2 airport in France. In 2019, around 32 million passengers transited by Paris- Orly. It is composed of 1 single terminal with 4 check-in-zones and 3 runways. It serves 128 destinations in 48 countries.
  3. Paris – Le Bourget (IATA: LBG). It is #1 business airport in Europe, with 1 heliport and 10 airfields, used by 15 business aviation companies. It is composed of 3 runways. 

Here is what Airports de Paris have to offer:

  • a variety of choices for shopping and dining. You can find almost anything from gastronomy to perfume, fashion, accessories and high-tech. 
  • 157 boutiques, including luxury stores, allow you to discover the French touch. 
  • 5 Michelin Star Chefs: Michel Rostang (Café Eiffel), Thierry Marx (Teppan Daily Marx Cuisine), Guy Martin (I Love Paris, The French Taste, Miyou) and Gilles Epié (The Frenchy’s). 
  • 76 relay shops and 38 Epigo Fast Food outlets. During your transit at Aeroport de Paris, you will be able to enjoy an unique French experience. 

Group ADP announces its environmental objectif: carbon neutrality in Paris in 2030, then zero net emissions by 2050. Group ADP already displays a decrease of 69% CO2 emissions at the three Paris airports between 2009 and 2019. 

Nice Airport


Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (IATA: NCE) is Nº1 regional airport in France (source). 14.5 million passengers transited there in 2019.  It served 120 destinations and 57 airlines. If you’re heading to the Cote d’Azur, it’s glamorous cities Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice and its beaches, it makes sense to travel directly to this airport. You can travel by direct flight from Bahreïn, Dubaï, Doha, New York, Montréal et Pékin. It has 2 terminals and 90 boutiques. Its environmental objectif: carbon neutrality in 2030.

Lyon Airport


Vinci Airports manages Lyon Airport (IATA: LYS) (source). Lyon – Saint Exupery is Nº2 regional airport in France. More than 11 million passengers transited by Lyon in 2019. Thanks to a great train and road networks, this airport is a good entry point for travellers going to the South East of France. It served 131 destinations and 41 airlines. It hosts 17 restaurants and cafes and 27 boutiques. Lyon Airport reached carbon neutral with compensation since 2017, (European ACA3 + certification). Its new major objective is to offset all of its residual emissions through direct and local actions by 2030.

Marseille Airport


Marseille Provence (IATA: MRS) is Nº3 regional airport in France for passenger traffic and Nº1 for express freight (source).  More than 10 million passengers transited by Marseille in 2019. It served 124 destinations and 33 airlines. It hosts 8 restaurants and cafes and 7 boutiques. Well served by train, route and boat networks, it’s a good entry to the south of France and more globally to the Mediterranee. 

Toulouse Airport


Toulouse – Blagnac Airport is Nº4 regional airport in France for passenger traffic (source) and has 2 runways.  10 million passengers transited by Toulouse in 2019. It served 46 destinations and 31 airlines. It hosts 13 restaurants and cafes and 19 boutiques. Well served by train, route networks, it’s a good entry to the south west of France. 

So which airport will you choose for your next trip? Will you travel to Paris or directly to the south of France for your next business trip? Please contact us, our travel advisors will manage the booking of your next trip in France. Check our pages to know more about us and our services.

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