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History of Aéroports de Paris from 1945 to 1981

1945

Creation of the public institution, Aéroport de Paris, on the 24th of October.


1946

First interim terminal at Paris-Orly.
Reconstruction of the Paris-Le Bourget airport.
Aéroport de Paris receives 300,000 passengers per year.


1947

Construction of the first paved runway at Paris-Orly; this runway "Number 3" is 2,100 metres long.
Opening of the provisional Orly Nord terminal.


1952

Air France leaves Paris-Le Bourget for Paris-Orly.
The Paris-Orly Airport receives 1.2 million passengers a year, twice as many as Paris-Le Bourget.


1953

The site of the Paris-Le Bourget Airport hosts the International Aviation and Space Salon.
First commercial helpdesk of Aéroport de Paris at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.


1958

First Boeing 707 from Pan Am at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.
The following year, Air France christened its first Caravelle at Paris-Orly.


1961

General de Gaulle, President of the Republic, inaugurated the South terminal at Paris-Orly on the 24th of February.
Since its commissioning, the new building at Paris-Orly Sud receives 9,000 passengers per day.


1962

Paris-Orly receives more visitors (3.4 million) than the Palace of Versailles.
Stars of the music hall and screen are photographed on the boarding ladder.


1965

Creation of the Paris-Nord Airport in Roissy on the 22nd of June.
At the end of the year, the South terminal at Paris-Orly approaches the six million passenger level.


1966

Four million people come to the Paris-Orly South terminal for lunch, or a stroll on the terrace to watch the planes take off or land.
The control tower is commissioned at Paris-Orly.
Start of construction of Terminal 1 of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.


1968

First air bridges for widebody doors. Paris-Orly demonstrates its ability to adapt to the arrival of jet aircraft.
In October of the preceding year, construction work of Paris-Orly Ouest began.


1969

The terminal at Paris-Orly Sud reaches the threshold of 9 million passengers, more than half of its theoretical capacity.
Arrival of "Jumbo" jet (the first Boeing 747 from Pan Am is placed at Paris-Orly. Traffic increases by over 15% per year.


1971

The terminal at Paris-Orly Ouest, designed by Henri Vicariot, opens its doors after 40 months of work.


1973

Debut of the Paris-CDG 2 Airport design, while Terminal 1 is not yet commissioned.


1974

Inauguration and commissioning of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, revolutionary with its terminal composed of a central cylindrical body and seven satellites.


1976

The Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport welcomes first commercial flight of the Concorde.
Inauguration of the RER station at the Paris-CDG Airport.
Aéroports de Paris breaks the 20 million passenger mark, representing a doubling in seven years.


1977

Renovation of the Paris-Le Bourget Airport. Companies are gradually leaving Paris-Le Bourget to settle in the new Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.