Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"
|Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"
Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών "Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος"
|IATA: ATH – ICAO: LGAV
|Operator||Athens International Airport S.A|
|Elevation AMSL||308 ft / 94 m|
|Passenger change 11-12||10.5%|
|Movements change 11-12||11.5%|
|Sources: Passengers, Aircraft Movements, Cargo|
Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών "Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος", Diethnís Aeroliménas Athinón "Elefthérios Venizélos"; (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV), began operation on 29 March 2001 and is the primary civilian airport that serves the city of Athens and the region of Attica. The airport is the major hub and base of Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air. The airport serves more than 14 million travellers annually and its name honours the Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. As of late 2011, the airport is the thirtieth busiest airport in Europe.
The airport was opened in March 2001 to replace the now-closed Athens (Ellinikon) International Airport. The airport is located between the towns of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa, about 20 km (12 mi) to the east of central Athens (30 km (19 mi) by road, due to intervening hills). The airport is named after Elefthérios Venizélos, the prominent Cretan political figure and Prime Minister of Greece, who made an outstanding contribution to the development of Greek aviation and the Hellenic Air Force in the 1930s.
The airport currently has two terminals: the Main Terminal, and the Satellite Terminal accessible by a foot-tunnel from the Main Terminal. As of 2009, a new above ground link to the midfield satellite terminal is under construction with a completion date by the end of 2010. Once completed, the complex will be used as a Schengen facility. It has two runways that are each approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) long. The airport was developed by public-private partnership with Greece holding 55% of the shares.
The airport is designed to be upgraded over the ensuing years in order to accommodate the increase in air travel, and its upgrades are planned in a six-phase framework. The first (current) phase initially allowed the airport to accommodate 16 million passengers a year, but was upgraded to 21 million passengers a year without progressing to the next phase thanks primarily to IT advances. The sixth phase will allow the airport to accommodate as many as 50 million passengers a year. The current runways are designed to accommodate 50 million passengers a year with the completion of the sixth phase. In 2010, the airport handled 15,411,952 passengers, 5% fewer than in 2009.
It is also an airport that has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration for take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the Airbus A380.
The first Airbus A380 made an emergency landing at 'Eleftherios Venizelos' Athens International Airport on 13 April 2011 as a passenger suffered a heart attack. The first scheduled A380 flight took place on October 26 from Emirates Airlines.
- Main Terminal
The Main Terminal Building handles the all intra-Schengen flights, as well as several non-Schengen flights. All check-in desks are located in the Main Terminal. It has three separate levels, one for arrivals, one for departures and a food court level complete with a view of the eastern runway.
- Satellite Terminal
The Satellite Terminal handles non-Schengen flights only. It is easily accessible through an underground link complete with moving walkways. In 2009, part of the Satellite Terminal was closed and a new above ground link to the midfield satellite terminal was completed by the end of 2010. The complex is now used as a Schengen facility. It has two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures.
Airlines and destinations 
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|Airlines||Destinations||Hall / Check-in|
|Aegean Airlines||Seasonal: Mariupol||A/4|
Seasonal: Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse
|Air Méditerranée||Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle||B/-|
|Enter Air||Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin||B/-|
|Livingston Compagnia Aerea||Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona||B/-|
|Pullmantur Air||Seasonal: Madrid||B/-|
|Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium||Brussels||B/-|
operated by DHL Air UK
|FedEx||Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion||Cargo|
|Royal Jordanian Cargo||Amman-Queen Alia, Larnaca||Cargo|
|TNT Airways||Bergamo, Larnaca, Liège||Cargo|
|UPS Airlines||Ljubljana, Milan-Malpensa, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle||Cargo|
Traffic and statistics 
Athens International Airport ' El. Venizelos 'is one of the thirty five busiest airport in Europe, in 2012 it ranked at 33rd busiest airport by total passenger traffic after Hamburg and Geneva which are all international airports.
Annual passenger numbers 
|Total||149,242,010[until April 2013]||1,090,351,009[until December 2012]||2,185,882[until April 2013]|
Busiest Routes 
Ground transport 
The airport is accessible by the Attiki Odos toll highway from the centre and northern Athens, Varis-Koropiou Avenue from the western part, Laurio Ave. from the South, and Spata-Loutsa Avenue from the East. A variety of parking options are available on site at the airport in three different parking lots. Located at the arrivals level, opposite the airport terminal, the airport offers short-term parking for up to five hours with 1,357 parking spaces available in lots P1 and P2. Long-term parking is located across the airport's main access road (Attiki Odos) with 5,802 parking spaces in lot P3. A free shuttle bus is available to transport passengers, while the lots are also accessible by foot to the terminal. Premium valet service is also offered at the Departures level by Entrance 3.
Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located by exit 3 of the arrivals level. Limousine service is also available upon request by the inner curbside of the arrivals level between exits 3 and 4.
A rail station immediately adjacent to the airport terminal is accessible by an elevated walkway. The station is served by both the Athens Metro and suburban rail service Proastiakos. The station is connected with line 3 of the Athens Metro, while it is also connected to the Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and the port of Piraeus as well as to Corinth via Proastiakos.
Four bus lines (X93, X95, X96, X97) connect directly to the Athens greater area, the intercity bus stations (KTEL Kifissos Bus Terminal and Lionson bus terminal) and Piraeus. Buses disembark passengers at the departures level and depart from the arrivals level between exits 4 and 5.
Regional bus services by KTEL Express operate to the airport, currently connecting the airport to Rafina, Markopoulo, Lavrio, Kalyvia, and Keratea. Passengers disembark at the departures level, and depart from the arrivals level between exits 2 and 3.
|X93||Kifissos Bus Terminal for intercity buses||OASA||15–30 minutes||1 hour and 5 minutes|
|X95||Syntagma Square, Othonos St.||OASA||20–25 minutes||1 hour and 10 minutes|
|X96||Port of Piraeus, Akti Vasileiadi St., Gate E1||OASA||30 minutes||1 hour and 30 minutes|
|X97||Dafni station on Athens Metro Line 2||OASA||50–60 minutes||1 hour and 10 minutes|
Other facilities 
The Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board has an office in Office 1311 in Building 11.
- European Airport of the Year - 2004
- Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe - 2005, 2006 and 2008
- GreenBuilding Award for its exemplary energy saving figures reflected in the two previous years (2006, 2007) – 2008
Airline lounges 
Many airline users of Athens International Airport operate passenger lounges. First and Business Class passengers of the respective airlines and partner alliances can enjoy lounge facilities at the airport. Airline lounges at the airport include:
- Aegean Airlines CIP Lounge
- British Airways 'Terraces' Lounge
- Goldair Handling CIP Lounge
- Lufthansa 'Senator' Lounge
- Olympic Handling 'Melina Merkouri' Lounge
- Olympic Handling 'Aristotelis Onassis' Lounge
- Swissport 'Executive' Lounge
- Number of passengers including domestic, international and transit
- Staff (2007). "AIA Shareholder Scheme". Aia.gr. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "Athens International Airport: Passenger Traffic Development 2012" (PDF). Athens International Airport. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
- "Athens International Airport: Aircraft Movement Development 2012" (PDF). Athens International Airport. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
- "Athens International Airport: Cargo Uplift Development 2012" (PDF). Athens International Airport. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
- Bates, Joe. "Positive Thinking" (PDF). Airport World (Airports Council International - www.aci.aero) 14 (1).
- "Traffic Statistics". AIA. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- "Athens International Airport: Diversion airport for A380 flight" (Press release). Athens International Airport. 2007-10-17. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-06. "On the occasion of the delivery of the first Airbus A380 for commercial services, Athens International Airport (AIA) announces that Airbus, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas have identified AIA as an en-route alternate airport for an A380 diversion."
- "S7 Airlines launches flights to Greece". Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "Ukraine International Airlines launches 10 international routes earlier occupied by AeroSvit". Kyiv Post. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
- "ΑΙΑ Traffic Statistics". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "AEROSTAT publisher=Athens Airport Website". Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Short Term Parking (P1 & P2)". Athens International Airport. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Long Term Parking (P3)". Athens International Airport. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Executive Valet Parking". Athens International Airport. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Taxi & Limo Service". Athens International Airport. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Metro". Athens International Airport. Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Suburban Rail". Athens International Airport. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Bus Services". Athens International Airport. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Olympic Air officially welcomed with full honors the Hellenic Paralympic team." (Archive) Olympic Air. 2012. Retrieved on 6 April 2013. "The arrival ceremony in honor of our athletes was held at Olympic Air’s headquarters (Building 57), Athens International Airport, with emotions of great pride and excitement."
- "Travelair Club -> Partners Terms and Conditions." (Archive) Olympic Air. Retrieved on 6 April 2013. Under "Delta Air Lines" tab: "It is clarified that, boarding pass as well as original ticket must be forwarded as evidence to the following mail address : Olympic Air, Travelair Club department, Athens International Airport, Building 57, 190 19, Spata, Greece." Greek (Archive): "Olympic Air, Τμήμα Travelair Club, Διεθνής αερολιμένας Αθηνών, Κτίριο 57, Τ.Κ. 190 19, Σπάτα"
- "Quarterly Edition of Olympic Air January 2013." (Archive) Olympic Air. p. 4. "OLYMPIC ON AIR Periodic Publication for Olympic Air ADDRESS Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, building 53Α, 19019 Spata-Artemida Attikis, T/ +30 210 3550500, F/ 210 3550632" - Greek: "OLYMPIC ON AIR Περιοδική έκδοση για την Olympic Air id∆ΙΕΥ-ΘΥΝΣΗ Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών «Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος», κτήριο 53Α, Τ.Κ. 19019 Σπάτα-Αρτέμιδα Αττικής, T/ 210 3550500, F/ 210 3550632"
- "Contact Us." (Archive) Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board. Retrieved on 20 June 2011. "Address for Correspondence & Unit Address: AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND AVIATION SAFETY BOARD Ex American Base Building 221, Helliniko Athens 167 01 GREECE" and "Board Address: AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND AVIATION SAFETY BOARD Athens International Airport “El. Venizelos” Building 11, Office 1311 Spata 190 19 GREECE" - Addresses in Greek (Archive): "Διεύθυνση Αλληλογραφίας και Έδρα Μονάδας: ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗ ΔΙΕΡΕΥΝΗΣΗΣ ΑΤΥΧΗΜΑΤΩΝ & ΑΣΦΑΛΕΙΑΣ ΠΤΗΣΕΩΝ Πρώην Αμερικάνικη Βάση, Κτίριο 221, Ελληνικό, 167 01 ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ" and "Έδρα Επιτροπής: ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗ ΔΙΕΡΕΥΝΗΣΗΣ ΑΤΥΧΗΜΑΤΩΝ & ΑΣΦΑΛΕΙΑΣ ΠΤΗΣΕΩΝ Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών, Κτίριο 11, Γραφείο 1311 190 19 ΣΠΑΤΑ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ" - Also " Address for Correspondence & investigation Unit Address" (Elliniko) and "Board office at Athens Airport" (Spata) - Greek: "Μονάδα Διερευνήσεων Στο Ελληνικό" and "Γραφεία Επιτροπής στο ΔΑΑ (Σπάτα)", respectively
- "Airport of the Year - Regional Results". Skytrax. www.worldairportawards.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
- "Athens International Airport - "GreenBuilding" Award for saving energy". Athens International Airport. www.aia.gr. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
- Media related to Athens International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Airport information for LGAV at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- LGAV current wind