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French Vocabulary: At the Airport


Can you imagine how confusing it could be when you’re in a foreign airport where people are communicating only in French?

But whether you are planning to travel to a French-speaking destination or not, today we’ll be sharing with you a list of vocabulary and phrases related to airports.  

Knowing these words and phrases could surely come in handy soon. Plus, it will give your French vocabulary a boost, too.

So if you’re ready, let’s start!

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french vocabulary list airport words pdf

une compagnie aérienneairline
un avionairplane
un aéroportairport
un volflight
les bagagesbaggage
la livraison des bagagesbaggage claim
les arrivéesarrivals
les départsdepartures
la carte d'embarquementboarding pass
les bagages à maincarry-on luggage
les bagages enregistrés/ un baggage en soutechecked-in luggage
un chariotcart
un guichet d’embarquementcheck-in counter
une boutique hors taxes / un duty-freeduty-free
un passeportpassport
un visavisa
le billet d'avionplane ticket
un billet simpleone-way ticket
un billet aller-retourround trip ticket
le contrôle de sécuritésecurity check
une portegate
Un terminalterminal
la douanecustoms
une escalestopover
EmbarquerTo board, embark
DébarquerTo disembark, to deplane
Récupérer les bagagesTo recover your luggages
DécollerTo take off
AtterrirTo land
acheter un billetto buy a ticket
enregistrer (les bagages)to check bags
déclarerto declare
faire une réservationto make a reservation
la classe économique/ la classe écoeconomy class/ coach
un passagerpassenger
le pilotepilot
un stewardsteward
une hôtesse de l'airflight stewardess
vols intérieursdomestic/internal flights
vols internationauxinternational flights
le décollagetakeoff
Le Hall de départDeparture hall
Le Hall d’arrivéeArrival hall

Let’s check out a few sample statements and common questions, too.

Quand est-ce que je dois être à la porte ?When do I have to be at the gate?
Vous devez vous présenter à la porte 30 minutes avant l’heure du départ.You have to be at the gate 30 minutes prior to departure.
Combien de temps dure le vol ?How long is the flight?
Combien de temps va-t’on s’arrêter ?How long is the stopover?
Est-ce que j’ai besoin d’un visa ?Do I need a visa?
Vous n’avez pas besoin de Visa.You won't need a visa.
Combien de valises est-ce que je peux prendre ?How many pieces of luggage can I take?
Vous pouvez prendre seulement un bagage à main.You can only take one piece of hand luggage.
Je voudrais avoir un siège du côté hublot, s’il vous plaît.I would like to have a window seat, please.
Malheureusement, nous n’avons plus de siège disponible du côté hublot.Unfortunately, we don’t have any window seats left.
Je voudrais avoir un siège du côté couloir s’il vous plaît.I would like to have an aisle seat, please.


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