Airport Tours – Exclusive access for Airport Exchange delegates
Year on year Airport Exchange delegates are given exclusive access to tours of the host airport(s), providing insight into the planning strategy and potential future developments, covering multiple areas of interest such as operations, retail, technology, security and baggage handling. As this year’s host, Aéroports de Paris will provide detailed tours of both Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris-Orly Airport led by senior management representatives to showcase the facilities.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Europe's second busiest airport in 2013 with 62 million passengers, and ranked eighth worldwide, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has managed to move with the times in the last 40 years of air travel. As early as the 1970s, Terminal 1, which was designed by Paul Andreu, marked the introduction of modern architecture to airport construction, and paved the way for globalised air travel. Throughout the 1980s, the airport grew and adopted the concept of modular terminals (Terminals 2 A,B,C, and D). Since the 1990s, Terminals 2E, 2F, and 2G have allowed Paris- Charles de Gaulle Airport to adapt to the new demands of air traffic, which at that time were shifting towards flight connection hubs. Today, such hubs facilitate flight connections. They have been particularly beneficial in allowing Air France and Fedex more fluidity in the scheduling of their flights.
PARIS-CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT CELEBRATES IT’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
"In 40 years, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has been able to anticipate, adapt, and innovate to accommodate growth in global air traffic. It is France's main gateway and border crossing: a position that we are honoured to occupy, as it contributes to the country's growth in economic terms, tourism, and the attractiveness of France as a destination. It's also been a great adventure in human terms for the wonderful airport community, whose primary mission is to serve our passenger customers,"
Franck Goldnadel, Managing Director, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
More than 180 airlines now make a stopover at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Each of them has played a role in the growth of the airport, which in turn, has adapted to suit their needs. The most recent major works project, for example, was undertaken to accommodate the arrival of the Airbus A380 super jumbo in 2007. That project called for a €100 million investment by Aéroports de Paris to strengthen the surfacing of runways and taxiways, as well widening some taxiways, shoulders, and so on.
Located 13 kilometres south of Paris, Paris-Orly is located on 1,540 hectares. It specialises in point to point traffic to metropolitan destinations, Europe, North Africa and overseas. It has two passenger terminals with a capacity of 30 million passengers per year. The Paris-Orly airport is part of a major economic centre in the Ile-de-France region, including the National Market (MIN) of Rungis and bus stations, business parks (office buildings) owned by SILIC and the Belle-Epine commercial centre.
Key figures of 2013
- 28.3 million passengers handled
- 2nd French airport and the 11th European airport
- 143 cities served
- Site of nearly 27,000 direct jobs
Airport Tour details are soon to be announced by Aéroports de Paris and details on how to book a place on the tours will be provided as part of the event registration process. Airport Tour places will be limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.