Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
History, Facts and Overview
Originally named the Aéroport de Paris Nord, construction of Charles de Gaulle Airport began in 1966 and lasted for eight years. Finally in 1972 the airport was opened and at that stage re-titled as the Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG). Terminal 1 was always particularly famous, being known for its contemporary circular design and radiating satellite buildings.
The present-day passenger facilities at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport include cashpoints operated by HSBC, American Express currency exchange counters and several drugstores, which are clearly indicated by bright-green cross signposts.
Also available are post offices (La Poste) in the main public area, lost property offices, Renapur shoe care and beauty parlours, including a men's lounge area.
Around 100 restaurants, cafés and shops are situated within Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Favourites include the Galeries Lafayette and the l'Escale Parisienne supermarket, along with eateries such as Brasserie Flo, Brioche Dorée, France Café and the Clément Ader restaurant, which is aptly named after a famous French aviator.