|Charles de Gaulle International Airport (French: Aéroport de Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), serving Paris, is one of Europe's principal aviation centers, as well as France's main international airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), a French general and former president.|
In 2003, Charles de Gaulle Airport ranked second in Europe in terms of passenger traffic (in a tie with Frankfurt International Airport), behind London Heathrow Airport which had 31.5% more passenger traffic than Charles de Gaulle Airport. In terms of plane movements, Charles de Gaulle Airport was number one in Europe, with 11% more planes than at Heathrow, and 12% more planes than at Frankfurt. In terms of cargo traffic, Charles de Gaulle also ranked number one in Europe in 2003, with 4.5% more cargo traffic than at Frankfurt, and 32.5% more cargo traffic than at Heathrow.