Our Airport Area
The world’s big international airports are becoming focal points of the global economy. In France, the area surrounding Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (the "Greater Roissy" or Paris CDG Airport Area) is one of the major hubs for growth and job creation in the Paris Region. This area, which extends into the three départements of Seine-et Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val d’Oise, currently provides more than 260,000 jobs across the whole of the private sector. It’s also the most effective transport hub in Europe. What’s more, the thousands of companies established or in the process of setting up here can choose from a wide array of real estate options.
Situated 30 kilometres north of Paris, the Paris CDG Airport Area is your key gateway to French and European economies and markets. This exceptional business hub currently provides over 260,000 private sector jobs, and is equipped with all the infrastructures you are likely to need as you develop your business.
A location that’s completely committed to the business world
By choosing the Paris CDG Airport Area, businesses benefit from:
- The advantages of a location in the Paris Region, the biggest regional economy in the whole of Europe which represents one third of the French GDP.
- A dense concentration of Europe-leading transport infrastructures, including:
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle international airport, which handled 62 million passengers in 2013 and is now the world’s eighth largest airport (and Europe’s biggest cargo airport); and Paris-Le Bourget, Europe’s number one executive airport
- The high-speed railway network ((TGV Est Européen going to Germany, Eurostar to England and Thalys to Belgium and The Netherlands, and the TGV stations at Roissy (in the airport itself) and Val d’Europe to the east (30km further just at Disneyland Paris Gate), which can take you from the Paris Region to Europe’s key economic hubs in just a few hours
- Euro Carex, Europe’s forthcoming high-speed rail freight network
- The inland port of Bruyères-sur-Oise on the Seine River (35 kilometres away) and the forthcoming Seine-Nord canal, which, when it opens in 2015, will connect the Paris basin to the north of France and, in turn, will connect these two major economic hubs to Benelux and the seven major maritime ports between Le Havre and Rotterdam
- Strong connections to Paris, enabled by the many superb transport infrastructures, such as the RER B express railway, and three motorways.
- Easy access to the rest of France and Europe via the many motorways and express routes (Brussels in 2h40, London in 4h30, Frankfurt in 5h30, Zurich in 6h30)
- A dynamic and diverse local economy that is based on six sectors of excellence (aeronautics, airport services, freight logistics, security, tourism – including conferences and corporate events – and eco activities), as well as several key all-purpose areas of expertise (corporate training centres, language training centres, R&D and showrooms)
- The presence of a long list of major global brands: Aéroports de Paris, Air France-KLM, FedEx, EADS, L’Oréal, Servair, Alstom, PSA, Dassault Aviation, etc
- A dense network of quick-reacting, highly competitive small and medium-sized companies with a vast array of expertise
- A long list of opportunities for to build business relationships with all of the international and local organisations here, thanks to the presence of two major VIPARIS exhibition parks: Paris-Nord Villepinte and Paris-Le Bourget. The Paris region is also the world’s largest host of conferences and corporate events with 395 tradeshows which gather 10 million visitors annually.
- An employment pool that’s extensive, youthful, diverse and open to the world
This business location also provides companies and their employees with an exceptional environment in which to live and work, with regional nature parks, leisure facilities, golf courses, shops and more.
The range of facilities gets a little wider every day, thanks to the completion of new projects by state and private property investors.
There’s a long list of projects under way that will help your business grow
In tandem with the area’s economic development strategy, the French government and regional authorities have launched a number of major building projects to develop and reshape the area as a whole.
The two most powerfully symbolic projects under the so-called ‘Grand Paris’ umbrella are:
- The strengthening of public transport services, for example, with a driverless subway system connection the region’s main economic hubs with 175 new km of railway calling at 72 stations.
- The development of a European high-speed freight rail network, the Euro Carex project
In addition to these, several other major facilities are currently being built:
- A 100 per cent increase in the size of the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition park which is already over 240,000 m².
- A International Trade Center in the immediate vicinity of the two airportsincluding a 6000 places congress center, seven hotels, offices, exhibition rooms...
- Aéroville, a major 200 shops shopping centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle opened in 2013.
To extend a better welcome to international companies, several industrial estates are in the process of being expanded or built from scratch, including Parc Mail at Roissy-en-France, the international district of Sud CDG, the industrial estate at Le Bourget airport, the emerging site at Gonesse-Roissy, and the eco campus at Cergy-Pointoise.
Several of these projects are founded on principles of sustainable development, the better to protect the natural environment and standards of living. (To find out more, click here)
The Paris CDG Airport Area: the key sites and major facilities
- The area surrounding Paris-Charles de Gaulle international airport has a dense concentration of modern service sector premises, as well as a very large number of hotels. Companies also have the benefit of freight zones and districts specially set up for support and back-up functions. As well as the range of premises offered by Aéroports de Paris, there are also the projects run by the Aérotropolis Europe™ association, which was launched by FedEx.
- Just a few kilometres south of this zone are the Paris-Le Bourget executive airport hub and the Paris-Nord Villepinte and Le Bourget exhibition parks. Apart from hosting the prestigious international Paris Air Show every two years, it is also home to a high density of executive aviation companies, working in sectors such as maintenance, logistics, service handling and flight training.
- Even further south, on the edge of Paris, is La Plaine Saint-Denis, which is just 15 minutes from Paris-Charles de Gaulle international airport and the business district of La Défense. La Plaine Saint-Denis is the third largest service sector hub in the Paris region, with the presence of major international groups such as Generali, Arcelor-Mittal, Coteba and Eiffage, and major facilities such as the Stade de France and the Entrepôts et Magasins Généraux de Paris.
- To the east is the Marne-la-Vallée/Val d’Europe hub, which is energised by the presence of Disneyland Paris, and also by major facilities such as the Val d’Europe shopping centre, an outlying campus for Paris-Est university, several business parks (including Business Park Paris Val d’Europe) and a long list of hotels.
- To the west stands the built-up area of Cergy-Pontoise, which is home to cutting-edge technological and industrial brands working in the spheres of computing, telecommunications, car manufacture, aeronautics and biotechnology; and also to service and logistics businesses, research centres, and a major higher education hub with 21 university research laboratories.