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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