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As one of the most popular locales on Earth, the French capital of Paris must accommodate visitors in massive numbers, namely by air travel. Key to this ability is the largest airport in France (and one of the largest in the world), Roissy Airport (also called Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport). In fact, outside of France, one would be hard-pressed to find an airport more often used (for multiple functions) in all of Europe, as Roissy is far more than a simple tourist hub.
Since its grand opening on March 8th, 1974, Roissy has routinely ranked within the top ten in the world in passenger traffic. Spread over a staggering 12.5 square miles of the French countryside, the airport uses three main terminals (of which Terminal 1 is the oldest) to handle incoming planes. Terminal 1, which was shaped to resemble an octopus, surrounds a large, circular central building with several outcroppings to serve incoming aircraft. Terminal 2, though originally planned to be used exclusively by airline Air France, is now open to several major airline companies. Terminal 2 is also quite large, with seven sub-terminals, one of which suffered a partially collapsed ceiling in 2004. The final terminal, Terminal 3, is reserved primarily for low-cost and charter flights; with one hall serving aircraft, it is the smallest of the three terminals. To transport prospective passengers between the three sprawling terminals, the Charles de Gaulle Véhicule Automatique Léger, or CDGVAL, provides a free, quick shuttle service. There are still relatively large distances to walk between hubs, but this is alleviated by an excellent network of moving sidewalks and escalators.
Located about 15 miles northeast of the city of Paris, Roissy provides ground transportation to many arrivals. Two high-speed rail stations, one a part of the Réseau Express Régional (RER) line and the other a Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) station, can be accessed nearby the airport. While the RER focuses primarily on Paris and its suburbs, passengers on the TGV can go to several French cities from Roissy; as a result, local residents and tourists alike can reach a broad variety of locations by train upon departure from Roissy. Outside of these rapid transit options, there are also two more methods of transport: bus or car. Busses depart daily from Roissy's three terminals, driving new arrivals directly to the city of Paris. For those who wish to transport themselves by car, Autoroute A1 (also called the Northern Motorway) runs directly into the city.
The usefulness of any airport can be defined through a number of different factors, and Roissy Airport certainly doesn't disappoint in any facet. Roissy is a hub for more than just commercial airline passengers; it ranks in the top ten in the world in cargo traffic each year, leaving few airports in the world, let alone Europe, that can match the overall activity seen at Roissy. With a world-class facility on hand, there's no sign of an end to Roissy's reign as the dominant airport in all of France.