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Hostages Freed
PAR2000082904 -29 AUGUST 2000 - PARIS, FRANCE: Sonia Wendling, left, next to her sister Christell, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport. She is one of several French hostages held on the island of Jolo, and freed thanks to intervention by Libya's general Kadhafi. mc/xl/Xavier Lhospice UPI
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Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG, ICAO: LFPG) (French: Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), in the Paris area, is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's main airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), leader of the Free French Forces and founder of the French Fifth Republic. It is located within portions of several communes, 25 km (16 mi) to the north-east of Paris. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and is a European hub for Delta Air Lines.

In 2009, the airport handled 57,906,866 passengers and 525,314 aircraft movements, making it the world's sixth busiest airport and Europe's second busiest airport (after London Heathrow) in terms of passengers. It also is the world's seventh busiest and Europe's busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth busiest in the world and the busiest in Europe, having handled 2,054,515 metric tonnes of cargo.

Charles de Gaulle Airport extends over 32.38 km2 (12.50 sq mi) of land. The choice of this vast area was made based on the limited number of potential relocations and expropriations and the possibility to further expand the airport in the future. It straddles three départements and six communes:

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