Paris Le Bourget

ParisLe Bourget is a general aviation airport operated by Groupe ADP under the brand Paris Aéroport. It includes business jet operations and also hosts many air shows, including the Paris Air Show. 

Airport history

The airport began commercial operations in 1919 and was Paris' only airport until Orly Airport was built in 1932. Air France shifted all of its operations to Orly Airport in 1952 due to capacity constraints at LFPB. The following year, The Paris Air show was held at the airport for the first time. Then, in 1958, the very first jet-powered transcontinental flight occurred, heading from Idlewild Airport in New York to Le Bourget. In 1977, Le Bourget ceased accepting international airline traffic and then in 1980 it stopped accepting regional airline traffic, but continues serving both domestic and international business aviation. Since 1975, Le Bourget Airport has hosted the Musée de l’air et de l’espace, France's main state-owned aviation museum. Following the discontinuation of regular commercial traffic in 1977, there has been more and more space available to house museum collections and displays at the facility. In April 2016, the Groupe ADP rolled out the Connect 2020 corporate strategy and the commercial brand Paris Aéroport was applied to all Parisian airports, including LFPB.

Airport location

LFPB is located within parts of the communes of Le Bourget, Bonneuil-en-France, Dugny, and Gonesse, 6.9 miles north-northeast of Paris, France.

Airport facts

● This airport is famous as the landing site for Charles Lindbergh's historic solo transatlantic crossing in 1927 in the Spirit of St. Louis. 

● The airport hosts a statue commemorating Frenchwoman Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman to earn a pilot's license. There is also a monument honouring Charles Lindbergh. 

● Le Bourget has been referred to as "The Teterboro of Europe" because it accepts all the business aviation flying into Paris.

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