Paris, known as the city of love and the city of light, is a global center for fashion, art, and gastronomy. Surrounded by architectural wonders like the world famous Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral (our heart breaks reading about the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece which caught fire this week), the magnificent Louvre Museum, the iconic Champs-Élysées (famous for its landmarks, dining & shops), and more. The city has recently been in news for the devastating fire at the Notre Dame but we are hopeful as France has promised to rebuild its iconic church and millions have pledged to rebuild cathedral.
People from all over the world travel to this iconic city throughout the year. Paris is famous for many things, amongst which is being a busy private air charter destination. The fashion capital has three main private jet airports- Paris Le Bourget (LBG/ LFPB), Orly Airport (ORY/ LFPO), and Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG/ LFPG). iJET today discusses details about the three private jet airports in Paris which will help you to select the one beat suited for you and your aircraft.
Paris Le Bourget (LBG/ LFPB) is the most famous amongst one. In fact, it is the busiest private jet airport in Europe and also one of the best private jet airports. It was once Paris’s principal airport but now is solely dedicated to general aviation including business jet operations.
Paris Le Bourget has an impressive fleet of 8 FBOs (private jet terminals) which makes it the airport with the highest number of FBOs in the world. The different FBOs have distinct amenities to attract different types of private jet users.
Le Bourget airport is only 10km northeast of Paris. Orly Airport located in south of Paris is 14 km from the city while Charles De Gaulle is 23 km. For the readers wanting to visit famous landmarks in Paris, airports have been compared according to distance from major land marks (Notre Dame, Eiffel tower, and Champs-Élysées. If proximity to the city centre is crucial for your client, then the best option would be Paris–Le Bourget Airport.
Le Bourget airport is around 27 km from Notre Dame, 20 km (approx.) from Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées.
Orly airport is the closest to the three. It is nearly 17 km from Notre Dame, 20 km from Eiffel Tower and 18 km from Champs-Élysées.
Charles De Gaulle airport, comparatively to the other two is further from landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral. It is approximately 34 km from Notre Dame, 31 km from Eiffel Tower and 31 km from Champs-Élysées.
Orly Airport (ORY/ LFPO), and Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG/ LFPG) are both used for scheduled commercial operations while Paris Le Bourget (LBG/ LFPB) is exclusively dedicated to general aviation with a recording breaking 8 FBOs.
Charles de Gaulle allows general aviation operations only for the ones who have airline connections. Orly Airport too is mostly reserved for commercial airlines, within the exception of diplomatic flights that too with the ones who have airline connections. Aircraft in both the airports are restricted to stay on ground for only few hours.
For Le Bourget airport, you do not require PPR or airport slots. Airport parking is easy to get except during the Paris Air Show.
Charles De Gaulle Airport and Orly airport require airport slots and PPR and aircraft parking is restricted to few hours.
Paris Le Bourget (LBG/ LFPB): Open 24 hours but jet engine departure can only happen between 22:15- 06:00 local time.
Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG/ LFPG):
General aviation operations is not possible after midnight.
Orly Airport (ORY/ LFPO): 06:00-23:30
Only flights with passengers having a connecting flight are allowed to land.
Reading above makes it clear even to layman that Paris Le Bourget Airport is the best choice for your private jet in Paris. It has a smooth and easy operating atmosphere without the delays that are common at the other two airports in Paris.
When in Paris, if you are operating to either one of three airports, iJET can help you with a smooth operation for your flight and to offer a memorable trip to your clients.