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Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's main largest and main international airport. It was named after Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces and founder of the fifth French Republic, as well as the President of France for ten years beginning in 1959. It serves as a public-type airport owned and operated by Aeroports de Paris, and is a major hub for giants Air France, Delta Air Lines, FedEx Express, and XL Airways France. 

The airport, also known as the Roissy Airport, handled over 62 million passengers in the 12-month period ending in 2013, with over 490,000 aircraft movements, making it the world's eighth busiest airport and Europe's second-busiest airport in passenger traffic. It is also the world's tenth-busiest airport based on aircraft movements, and the eighth-busiest airport based on cargo handling. 

The Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has a huge land area totalling some 32.38 square kilometres. The choice of the 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. Its three terminals, further divided into various concourses, straddle three French departments and six communes, covering a huge lump of the Ile-de-France region. The airport has four active runways, and is standing at an elevation of 392 feet.

Apart from having state-of-the-art terminals, a huge tarmac, four runways, and other facilities, the airport is also very much connected to various ground transport which gives easy access to passengers coming from Paris and other major cities. Transport modes, including the CDGVAL (automatic shuttle), RER (trains), TGV (high-speed trains), Roissybus (buses), IDBUS (buses), and others, serve the airport.  

 

Where to go

Corsica – though Corsica has been a part of France for the last 200 years, it emits a rather different air and vibe – far different than artsy Paris or even luxurious Cote d'Azur. From the customs to the cuisine, to the traditions and practices, the locals of Corsica are like French-speaking people from another descent; colourful, laid-back, and simply fresh. Corsica is also home to various landscapes, ranging from glitzy coastal cities, glittering bays, fabulous beaches, breathtaking valleys, dense forests, and tight cute villages. Within the area, do not forget to visit the coasts, the Citadel, the Aiguilles de Bavella, and the Palais Fesch. Do not miss out on the cuisine and sample some local delicacies in La Sassa, Le Matahari, Kissing Pigs, Pasquale Paoli, and U Libecciu.

Cote d' Azur – The French Riviera, or more commonly known as the Cote d'Azur, is the French-Mediterranean coastline on the country's south-east corner. It is one of the world's first modern resort areas, beginning as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became a premier vacation playground and spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats, including Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales. It also played home to many members of the Rothschild family, and has played host to various artists in the 20th century such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, and Aldous Huxley. 

 

Vienna (Austria) – Vienna is the capital and the largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states in the country. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.8 million. It is the country's cultural, economic, and political centre, and the 7th largest city by population in the European Union. When visiting, take the opportunity to roam and check out the sites and the scenes that has made the city what it is today. See the city's Hall of Government, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, the famous state opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and many others. See the art too, and listen to the people tell stories about their beloved city.

Brussels – officially called the Brussels-Capital Region, Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium, which is also known as the de facto capital of the European Union. It has grown immensely from being a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagen into a sizeable city that is now filled with 1.8 million people. It is a major centre for international politics, as well as the powerhouse of the city. When in beautiful Brussels, make sure to see the Cinquantenaire Park, the Floral carpet at the Grand Palace, the Brussels City Hall, the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, the Congress Column, and the Royal Palace of Brussels. 

 

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) – Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam. From the Charles de Gaulle Airport, travellers may reach Ho Chi Minh City for 13 hours, where you can then enjoy the French-Oriental vibe of the former Saigon. 

Dubai (UAE) – Dubai is the most populous emirate and city of the United Arab Emirates, and the second largest emirate by size after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is located on the south-east coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has become a global city and business hub of the Persian Gulf region, and is a major transport hub for both cargo and passengers. 

 

How to get out

The Charles de Gaulle Airport is the main airport of Paris and of France. It is one of the busiest in Europe, at par with London's Heathrow Airport and Germany's Frankfurt Airport. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air France, Delta Airlines, XL Airways France, EasyJet, Air Mediterranee, and many others. 

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