French airport vocabulary
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If there’s anything worse than having to spend time at the airport, it’s having to spend time at the airport when you don’t speak the local language. Sure, most airport employees speak another language or two, but you’ll still be better off if you have these key French words and phrases in your pocket. Bon voyage !

airline   une compagnie aérienne
airplane   un avion
airport   un aéroport
Arrivals   les arrivées
check-in   l’enregistrement
customs   la douane
Departures   les départs
duty-free   une boutique hors taxes
early   en avance
in economy class   en classe économique
en classe touriste
in first class   en première classe
flight   un vol
gate   une porte
immigration   l’immigration
on time   à l’heure
late   en retard
security check   le contrôle de sécurité
shuttle   une navette
stopover   une escale
terminal   une aérogare

Tickets and Documents

plane ticket   un billet d’avion
round trip ticket   un billet aller-retour
one-way ticket   un billet simple
economy (coach) class
  la classe économique, la classe touriste
(informal) la classe éco
first class   la première classe
passport   un passeport
visa   un visa
boarding pass   une carte d’embarquement


luggage, baggage   les bagages
carry-on luggage   les bagages à main
checked luggage   les bagages enregistrés
les bagages en soute
baggage claim   la livraison des bagages
cart   un chariot


passenger   un passager
pilot   le pilote
flight attendant   un.e agent.e de bord
un steward

une hôtesse de l’air


to board   embarquer
to buy a ticket   acheter un billet
to check bags   enregistrer les bagages
to declare   déclarer
to land   atterrir
to make a reservation   faire une réservation
to take off   décoller

 Vocabulary Quiz

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