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Charles de Gaulle International Airport, serving Paris, is one of Europe's principal aviation centers. It is also France's main international airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), a French general and statesman.


The airport is near Roissy[?], to the north-east of Paris. It is connected to the RER commuter network, and the high-speed TGV network.

Charles de Gaulle International Airport has three terminals.

The other important airport in the Paris area is Orly Airport.

History In 1975, a DC-10 of Turkish Airlines crashed immediately after take off from Charles de Gaulle, killing all its passengers. In 1978, a Varig DC-8 crashed minutes before landing at Charles De Gaulle, most of the passengers dying in the fire that broke out after the crash. In 2001, an Air France Concorde crashed in nearby Gonnesse[?] after coming in contact with material that had been left by another plane on the runway. The Concorde was on a charter flight for a tour company.This was the first time a Concorde had crashed.

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