Paris Charles de Gaulle, also known as Roissy Airport, is one of the world’s principal aviation centres, as well as France’s largest international airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), leader of the Free French Forces and founder of the French Fifth Republic, as well as the President of France from 1959 to 1969. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France. In 2013, the airport handled 62,2 million passengers, making it the world’s eighth busiest airport and Europe’s second busiest airport in passengers served.
The planning and construction phase of what was known then as Aéroport de Paris Nord (Paris North Airport) began in 1966. In 1974 the airport, renamed Charles de Gaulle Airport, opened.