Last week, we featured vintage airport pictures from Asia and North America.
Follow link for more information about the airport and the enlarged pictures. Where would we should we go this week?
This week we go to the City of Love Paris. Charles de Gaulle International Airport (IATA Airport Code – CDG) was named after the former French President from 1959-1969. The airport was built in 1974 and is currently used by Air France (IATA Airline Code – AF) as their major hub. It is located roughly 25km or 16miles away from Central Paris and is easily accessible by public transportation.
Terminal 1 noted in the following pictures were designed by Paul Andreu with an octopus as the inspiration (satellites are connected into a central building through walkways). Suspended escalators are used to transport passengers from shops/restaurants to transportation and boarding gates.
Taken from Wikipedia:
“Andreu initially had envisaged building several terminals on this model. Nevertheless, the first years of operation identified several defects due to the original design of the building. While adequate for journeys originating or ending in Paris, the terminal is not very suitable as a hub since it cannot be expanded. Many passengers have been disappointed to have no view of planes from the main terminal, in contrast to the situation at the airport of Orly. It thus paved the way for a more traditional design for future terminals at CDG.”