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French Airport Vocabulary & Phrases

If you’re flying to France you’ll know that going through the airport and getting on the airplane can be a huge ordeal. This page will help you to get ready. Here you’ll find a list of French airport vocabulary and phrases. You’ll also find translations of all the airport signs. Bon vol! Enjoy your flight!

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French airport phrases

  • Is there a flight to Marseille? Est-ce qu’il y a un vol pour Marseille?
  • Is it a direct flight? Est-ce que c’est un vol direct?
  • Which airline do you prefer? Quelle compagnie aérienne préférez-vous?
  • Must I make a layover? Dois-je faire escale?
  • Do I have to change planes? Est-ce que je dois changer d’avion?
  • Where do I make a connection? Où est-ce que je fais correspondance?
  • We’d like one ticket or Paris. Nous voudrions un billet pour Paris.
  • I’d like one ticket for Geneva. Je voudrais un billet pour Genève.
  • One-way/roundtrip ticket un billet aller/aller-retour
  • When does the plane leave? A quelle heure est-ce que l’avion part?
  • When does the plane arrive? A quelle heure est-ce que l’avion arrive?
  • What time is check-in? A quelle heure est l’enregistrement?
  • What’s my flight number? Quel est mon numéro de vol?
  • I’d like to reserve a seat on flight . Je voudais réserver une place sur vol .
  • I have checked bags. J’ai des bagages enregistrés.
  • I have some carry-on bags. J’ai des bagages à main.

French airport vocabulary

  • airport un aéroport
  • airline une compagnie aérienne
  • luggage les bagages
  • airplane ticket un billet d’avion
  • baggage cart un chariot
  • one-way ticket un billet simple
  • round-trip ticket un billet aller-retour
  • early en avance
  • late en retard
  • on time à l’heure
  • boarding pass une carte d’embarquement
  • economy class la classe économique, la classe éco (slang)
  • business class la classe affaires
  • first class la première classe

In the airplane

  • flight attendant le steward, l’hôtesse de l’air
  • baggage compartment le casier à bagages
  • air vent le ventilateur
  • reading light la liseuse
  • row la rangée
  • aisle le couloir
  • table tray la tablette
  • armrest l’accoudoir
  • carry-on bags les bagages à main
  • safety belt la ceinture de sécurité
  • window seat la place côté fenêtre
  • aisle seat une place côté couloir
  • emergency exit l’issue de secours, la sortie de secours
  • seat number le numéro de siège
  • time difference le décalage horaire
  • barf bag le sac vomitoire
  • life jacket le gilet de sauvetage
  • air sickness le mal de transport
  • pillow un oreiller
  • blanket la couverture

Signs in the airport

  • Check-In Enregistrement
  • Departure Lounge Salle D’Embarquement
  • Terminal Aérogare
  • Weigh Baggage Poids des Baggages
  • Customs Douane
  • Arrivals Arrivées
  • Departures Départs
  • Immigration Immigration
  • Security Check Contrôle de Sécurité
  • Transfers Correspondances
  • Duty-Free Shop une Boutique Hors Taxes
  • Car Rental Voitures de Location
  • Railway Station Gare SNCF
  • Paris By Train Paris Par Train
  • Gates Portes
  • Shuttles Navettes
  • Baggage Claim Livraison Des Bagages
  • Exit Sortie

Verbs for flying

  • to land atterirL’avion arrerit. The plane is landing.
  • to take off décolerL’avion décole. The plane is taking off.
  • to fly volerL’avion vole dans le ciel. The plane is flying in the sky.
  • to change changerJe change d’avion. I change planes.
  • to cancel annulerJ’annule mon vol. I cancel my flight.
  • to confirm confirmer Je confirme mon vol. I confirm my flight.
  • to vomit vomir Je vomis dans l’avion. I vomit in the plane.

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