Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe and is the bigger of Paris’s two airports. It is named in honour of Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the French Free Forces which carried out an insurgency campaign against occupying Nazi forces in World War II.
The airport is 23 km north east of Paris and has extensive road and rail networks.
Major domestic and international tourist destinations are easily accessible by TGV at Paris Charles de Gaulle, and it was one of the first airports to have a rail service connecting to it. From CDG Airport, it takes about 45 minutes to get to the centre of Paris, 10 minutes to Disney World and an hour to Brussels and Lille.
There are three terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport - also known as Paris Roissy - which are connected by free shuttle buses. Paris CDG boasts a comprehensive selection of facilities, services, bars and restaurants for travellers heading to domestic and international destinations.
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In 2013, the airport handled 62,052,917 passengers and 497,763 aircraft movements making it the world’s busiest airport and Europe's second busiest airport and passengers served. It is also the world's tenth largest and Europe's busiest airport in aircraft movement. In cargo traffic, the airport is the eight busiest in the world and the busiest in Europe.
There are at least 3 terminals in CDG and the airport is accessible by taxi, shuttles and the train.
The airport’s facilities and services range from having some of the best restaurants and lounges to business facilities for business travellers. The airport has lounges represented by several airlines including of Air Canada, Air France and Star Alliance. There is an entire smorgasbord of spas, cafes, beauty salons and delis and delicatessens and every traveller can rest assured there is always a watering-hole when he needs one.
Traveller assistance assumes many forms from supporting those with reduced abilities to disabled parking for the less physically challenged.
All passengers can get ready access to prayer rooms found in terminals and there are Internet cafes and multimedia terminals in all terminals.
Information and help desks provide help with traveller guides, maps and general information about Paris. The airport also has a health facility and pharmacies in some of its terminals.
Some of the closest hotels include the Comfort Hotel Le Mesnil-Amelot which is just minutes from Paris CDG airport and the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, both ideal bases for business guests. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at L’Escale Restaurant and there is also a free shuttle service to the airport and TGV station,
Others include the Holiday Inn Express and the Holiday Inn Paris La Villette Hotel.