Paris has three international airports, Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, 16 miles to the north, Orly Airport, 8 miles south and Beauvais-Tillé Airport, 53 miles northwest. Orly was the main airport of Paris before Charles de Gaulle Airport was opened in 1974. Named after the founder of the fifth republic and former president of France, Charles de Gaulle Airport is Europe's second busiest airport after London Heathrow.
Formerly seized in June 1940 during the Battle of France, Beauvais-Tillé civilian airport is now primarily served by budget airlines. Most cheap flights from Paris to London and other European destinations leave from there. Despite its distance from Paris, it is the tenth busiest airport in France.