In this article, we have compared the two busiest airports in the world: New York City’s JFK Airport and Paris City’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.
John F. Kennedy International Airport of New York started operations in 1948. This airport is located 26 km away from New York City center and is located in the Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens, NY. Initially, this airport was known as Idlewild Airport. After John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the airport was renamed to John F. Kennedy International Airport as a tribute to the 35th President of the United States.
Charles de Gaulle Airport was opened in 1974 and is named after the famous French Army officer who led the French resistance against Nazi Germany during World War II. This airport is located 23 km away from the city center at Roissy-en-France. That’s why this airport is also known as Roissy Airport.
1. Airport terminals
Let’s begin by comparing the airport terminals at these two airports. JFK currently has six terminals, containing a total of 128 gates. Originally there were eight terminals numbered 1 to 8, but terminals 3 and 6 were demolished in 2013 & 2011 respectively.On the other hand, Charles de Gaulle Airport has three terminals: Terminal 1 is the oldest and situated opposite to Terminal 3; Terminal 2 is located at another side with 7 sub-terminal buildings (2A to 2G).Terminal 3 which was formerly known as “Terminal 9” hosts charter and low-cost airlines.
Annual Passenger handling capacity of JFK airport is 70 million while Passenger handling capacity of Charles de Gaulle airport is 80 million.
2. Airport Area
So how large are these airports, Let’s talk about the area occupied by these two airports.John F. Kennedy International Airportis spread over2351 hectares while Charles de Gaulle Airport of Paris is much larger and spread over 3238 hectares. and It is the 5th largest airport in the world.
By size, John F. Kennedy International Airport Ranks as the 19th Largest Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport Ranks as 10th largest airport in the world
3. Airport Runways
Now, let’s compare runways – New York city airport has 4 runwayswith13R/31Lbeing the longer one at
a total length of 4.42 km. On the other hand, Paris airport also has 4 Runways and 08L/26R is the longer one at a total length of 4.2 km.
4. Passenger Traffic
When I travel, I like to know how busy my airport is going to be!! So, let us compare how busy these airports are… or how many passengers do these airports serve? In the year 2018-2019, 62 million passengers used New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport making it the world’s 21st busiest airport and the 6th busiest airport in USA. While with 76 million passengers travelling through it, Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport is the world’s 10th Busiest airport and the Busiest airport of France.
5. Airport Ranking
A good way to compare these airports is to use world ranking of the Top 100 Airports…. According to the skytrax review and rating website, JFK airport ranks 74th while Charles de Gaulle airport is higher and ranks as the 30th best airport in the world.This rating is decided on the basis of flight schedules, airport facilities & airport cleanliness.
6. ATC Tower
Let us compare the Air Traffic Control or ATC tower heights at these two airports. The height of New York’s JFK airport’s ATC tower is 97.54 meters, while the height of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport’s ATC tower is 90 meters.
7. Aircraft movements
7. Let’s talk about aircraft movements at these airports. In the year 2019, 455,529 (four hundred fifty-five thousand five hundred twenty-nine) flights landed and took off from JFK… that averages at 1248(one thousand two hundred forty-eight) flights per day! On the other hand, 498,175 (four hundred ninety-eight thousand one hundred seventy-five) flights landed and took off from Charles de Gaulle … averaging at 1365 (one thousand three hundred sixty-five) flights per day.
8. IATA Code
Moving on, the International Air Transport Association Code or, the IATA Code for JOhn F. Kennedy airport is JFK, and the IATA Code for Charles de Gaulle airport is CDG.
9. Cargo Traffic
Now let’s compare movement of cargo at these two airports. JFK airport handled 1.4 Million metric tons in 2019 and It is the 22nd busiest airport in terms of Cargo; while Charles de Gaulle airport handled 21.5 Million metric tons in 2019 and it is the 11th busiest airport in terms of Cargo.
10. Busiest travel routes
Finally let me tell you about the busiest travel routes of these two airports, that is where do people fly the most using these airports The top 10 busiest travel routes of new York city’s John F. Kennedy International airport are London, Paris, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, Santiago, Amsterdam, Milan, Madrid, Frankfurt and Seoul; while for Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, the busiest travel routes are New york, Dubai, Montreal, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Algiers, Atlanta, Doha and Beijing.
So PlacifyWorld readers, which airport did you like the most? New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport or Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport?Leave us a comment and let us know!