Region: Europe: Western Europe


As one of the most visited countries in the world, aviation is a significant industry in France, with international airports in all of its major cities and regional airports in almost all parts of the country. The aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, which produces around half of the world’s aircraft, is headquartered in France. The French civil aviation authority is the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile, which oversees aviation security and safety, environmental regulation, the air transport market, aviation service providers and training institutions. France’s main international gateway, and its busiest airport is the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG), while the Paris-Orly Airport (IATA: ORY) is the country’s busiest for domestic travel. Other main gateways are located in Nice (IATA: NCE), Lyon (IATA: LYS) and Bordeaux (IATA: BOD).

France’s flag carrier is Air France, a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM group – one of the largest airline companies in Europe. Air France uses the Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport as its hub.

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