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Athens International Airport
"Eleftherios Venizelos"

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών
"Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος"
Athens airport logo.svg
Athens Airport aerial view.JPG
IATA: ATHICAO: LGAV
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Public/Private consortium[1]
Operator Athens International Airport S.A.
Serves Athens, Greece
Location Spata
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 308 ft / 94 m
Coordinates 37°56′11″N 23°56′50″E / 37.93639°N 23.94722°E / 37.93639; 23.94722Coordinates: 37°56′11″N 23°56′50″E / 37.93639°N 23.94722°E / 37.93639; 23.94722
Website aia.gr
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Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is located in Greece
Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"
Athens International Airport
"Eleftherios Venizelos"
Location in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03R/21L 13,123 4,000 Asphalt
03L/21R 12,467 3,800 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 15,196,369
Passenger change 13-14 Increase 21.2%
Aircraft movements 154,530
Movements change 13-14 Increase 10.0%
Sources: AIA Statistics[2]

Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών "Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος", Diethnís Aeroliménas Athinón "Elefthérios Venizélos") (IATA: ATHICAO: LGAV), began operation on 29 March 2001 and is the primary civilian airport that serves the city of Athens and the region of Attica. It is Greece's busiest airport and it serves as the hub and main base of Aegean Airlines as well as other Greek airlines. The airport is currently in Group 2 of Airports Council International (10-25 million)[3] and as of 2014, Athens International is the 31st busiest airport in Europe.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

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 a significant contribution to the development of Greek aviation and the Hellenic Air Force in the 1930s.[citation needed]

As of 2009, a new above ground link to the midfield satellite terminal was under construction with a completion date by the end of 2010.[4] Once completed, the complex will be used as a Schengen facility.[4] 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 has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency[5] and the Federal Aviation Administration[5] for take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the A380.[5] The first ever A380 to visit 'Eleftherios Venizelos' Athens International Airport made an emergency landing on 13 April 2011 for emergency medical reasons. The first scheduled A380 flight took place on 26 October 2012 by Emirates.

Government Debt-crisis Impact and 2014 Recovery[edit]

The Greek government-debt crisis reduced the overall passenger traffic of the airport for six consecutive years. Continental Airlines, Thai Airways, Gulf Air and Singapore Airlines were among the airlines that ended their services to/from Athens. Delta Airlines terminated its winter scheduled service to New York City in 2012, leaving Greece without a direct connection to the United States for the first time in almost seventy years.[6] In 2013, the airport handled just above 12.5 million passengers, 3.2% fewer than in 2012 and lower by approximately 25% when compared to the current all-time-high of 2007.[2]

Many airlines conducted long-haul flights from Athens, however the Greek Government Debt-crisis affected some of their plans. Moreover, due to the Olympic Airways ceasing of operations, most long distance flights' schedules start now during spring and hold up to autumn covering the summer peak season. Scheduled long-haul flights are Air China flights to Beijing, via Munich. Singapore Airlines resumed seasonal flights to Singapore and Delta Airlines offers seasonal flights to New York (JFK). Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat flies during the summer to Toronto and Montreal while US Airways flies during the spring-autumn season to Philadelphia. Despite seasonal success and increased capacity planned for 2015, Delta Airlines will not resume year-round flights to JFK due to low winter season demand while the Doha-Athens-JFK route proposed by Qatar Airways has not started yet. In addition, some long distance routes are served as charter flights, such as the Mahan Air service to Shanghai.

During the past few years, new Greek carriers, such as Hellenic Imperial Airways, attempted to connect AIA with North American and African destinations but subsequently failed. Currently, Greek start-up carrier SkyGreece Airlines will start all year-round flights from Athens to New Jork JFK and Toronto as well as seasonal to Montréal, and extending its network to other US cities in the near future (2016).[7] To-date, any plans of Aegean Airlines for long distance flights have been moved to the future.

However, 2014 signaled a strong recovery for the airport's passenger traffic and all statistical figures. More than ten new airlines started new flights to and from Athens. Aegean Airlines strengthened its network by 30% (with many more destinations scheduled for 2015) while Ryanair established a new base in the Athens Airport and added eight destinations. The airport company recorded an increase in passenger mobility in excess of 21% during 2014, reaching 15.1 million passengers, resulted both by new destinations but also by increased capacity offered on established ones. Characteristically, Singapore and Gulf Air resumed flights[8][9] while Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways fly more frequently to/from Athens.[10][11][12] Delta Airlines and US Airways retained their seasonal schedules to/from USA with even more frequent connectivity already been scheduled for 2015.

Outlook for 2015[edit]

According to current plans, 2015 will manifest an increase in traffic for the Athens airport resulted both by new additions and extra capacity offered; passenger traffic is expected to approach or even exceed the 17 million mark, setting an all-time high. Total traffic for the January-April period stands at nearly 4.44 million, increased by 24.2% on year-over-year basis.

As mentioned, Delta AirLines will increase weekly routes to New York by five more flights (a total of twelve flights per week),[13] Aegean Airlines adds over ten new destinations for Middle East and Europe,[14] the airline Niki starts daily flights to Vienna while Finnair will begin seasonal connection to Helsinki and the new Greek company Ellinair will start with flights to Kiev and Moscow. Turkish Airlines will consolidate its route to Istanbul during summer season to three daily flights with all flights be operated by larger aircraft types.[15] Austrian will increase weekly routes to Vienna by four more flights (a total of eleven flights per week) and also Czech Airlines will return to Athens. Singapore Airlines will increase weekly routes to Singapore by one more flight, total of three flights per week in period June–August, resulting to more frequent connections with the Far East. Low cost airlines will also increase their presence too. Ryanair adds five new destinations[16] and Volotea will fly to Athens for the first time with four new routes including a domestic destination.[17][18] Germanwings adds Düsseldorf as a year-round route starting on April. Royal Jordanian offers an additional flight, and with the Aegean's flights this summer, the Athens-Amman connectivity will peak at nine flights per week.[19] French carrier Air Méditerranée return, after at least two years, with a weekly seasonal flight to Toulouse. Emirates in the May–June period will fly more frequently to Dubai by three flights week (total ten weekly).[20] Latest addition is that of Qatar Airways, increasing its flights to a total of three per day between Athens and Doha, starting the beginning of June.[21]

On the long-haul front, SkyGreece Airlines the new airline-base will start operations to Montreal and Toronto starting on May 2015. Air Transat will fly more frequently to Athens with five flights per week in the May–October period; as such and accounting Air Canada Rouge, flights to/from Canada will peak at least to eighteen on a weekly basis.

Terminals[edit]

Check-in-area
Apron overview

The airport currently has two terminals, the Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal accessible by a foot-tunnel from the Main Terminal. It is designed to be extended in a modular approach over the ensuing years in order to accommodate the increase in air travel. These extensions are planned in a six-phase framework. The first (and current) phase allowed the airport to accommodate 16 million passengers per year. However, the airport has been upgraded to handle annual traffic of 21 million passengers without progressing to the next phase thanks to advanced logistics.[4] The sixth phase will allow the airport to accommodate as many as 50 million passengers per year. As such, the current parallel runways have been designed to accommodate flights with equivalent annual traffic of 50 million passengers following the completion of the sixth phase of expansion.[4]

Main Terminal[edit]

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.

  • Hall A is used for flights to Non-schengen countries and Non-European countries.
  • Hall B handles flights to Intra-schengen countries as well as domestic services.

Satellite Terminal[edit]

The Satellite Terminal used to handle non-Schengen flights only. The complex is now used as a Schengen facility.[4] It has two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures. It is easily accessible through an underground link complete with moving walkways. However, due to the reduction in traffic in recent years, it is rarely used nowadays, instead its parking stands are used for the long term storage of airliners, specifically two ex-Olympic Airways A340s and usually a B767 belonging to the Greek start-up carrier SkyGreece Airlines, which will start operations within 2015.

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

Scheduled[edit]

Airlines Destinations Hall / Entrance Check-in
Aegean Airlines Alexandroupolis, Amman-Queen Alia, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Copenhagen, Corfu, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki (begins 1 June 2015), Heraklion, Ioannina, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kos, Kiev-Zhulyany, Larnaca, Lemnos, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Manchester, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Mykonos, Mytilini, Oslo-Gardermoen (begins 21 June 2015), Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Riyadh (begins 20 July 2015),[22] Rhodes, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh (ends 30 May 2015), Tallinn (begins 19 June 2015),[23][24] Samos, Santorini, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini (begins 4 July 2015),[25][26] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan, Zürich
Seasonal: Birmingham, Bordeaux (begins 3 June 2015), Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, London-Gatwick, Lyon, Nantes,[27] Paphos (resumes 2 July 2015),[27] Pisa (begins 26 June 2015), Saint Petersburg, Toulouse (begins 2 June 2015), Venice-Marco Polo
A/4 B/4
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Alexandria-Borg El Arab (begins 1 July 2015), Alexandroupolis, Belgrade, Bucharest, Cephalonia, Chios, Corfu, Ioannina, Izmir, Kavala, Lemnos, Malta (begins 2 June 2015), Preveza (begins 2 June 2015), Samos, Skyros, Sofia, Tirana
Seasonal: Catania, Dubrovnik (begins 18 June 2015)
A/4 B/4
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin A/1
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo A/2
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson A/1
Air China Beijing-Capital, Munich A/3
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Nice, Toulouse
A/2
Air Malta Malta, Sofia B/1
Air Moldova Chișinău A/1
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Toulouse[28] A/2
Air Serbia Belgrade A/1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson A/1
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga B/1
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Milan-Linate[29]
B/2
Astra Airlines Chios[30] (begins 15 June 2015),[31] Kastoria, Kozani, Sitia
Seasonal: Mytilene[31] (begins 15 June 2015),[32] Samos[31] (begins 15 June 2015)[32]
B/1
Austrian Airlines Vienna B/3
British Airways London-Heathrow A/1
Brussels Airlines Brussels B/3
Blue Air Larnaca [33] Α/3
Bulgaria Air Sofia A/1
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb A/1
Czech Airlines Prague[34] B/3
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New York-JFK A/2
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Naples[35]
Seasonal: Paris-Orly
B/1 A1
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva B/1
Ellinair Moscow-Domodedovo, Thessaloniki (begins 2 June 2015)[36]
Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 15 June 2015),[37] Mykonos (begins 15 June 2015),[37] Santorini (begins 15 June 2015)[37]
A/1
EgyptAir Cairo A/3
EgyptAir
operated by EgyptAir Express
Alexandria-Borg El Arab A/3
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion A/1
Emirates Dubai-International A/1
Etihad Abu Dhabi[10] A/1
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[38] B/4
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart B/1
Gulf Air Bahrain [39] A/1
Iberia Madrid B/1
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid B/1
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion A/1
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels B/1
KLM Amsterdam B/2
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich B/4
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini (begins 14 June 2015)[40] A/1
Middle East Airlines Beirut A/1
Meridiana
operated by Air Italy
Seasonal: Naples (begins 2 July 2015) B/4
Niki Vienna[41] B/3
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda B/1
Olympic Air Astypalaia, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kythira, Leros, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Skiathos, Syros, Zakynthos[42] B/4
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir A/1
Qatar Airways Doha A/1
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia A/1
Ryanair Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 25 October 2015),[43] Bratislava, Brussels-Charleroi, Budapest, Chania, London-Stansted, Paphos, Rhodes, Rome-Ciampino, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Warsaw–Modlin[43] B/1 A/1
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo A/2
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen
B/4
Sky Express Heraklion B/1
SkyGreece Airlines[44] Montréal-Trudeau, New York-JFK (begins 19 June 2015),[45] Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Zagreb (begins 26 June 2015)[46]
A/1
Singapore Airlines Seasonal: Singapore A/3
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich B/1
TAROM Bucharest A/2
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven B/3
Transavia France Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Lyon, Nantes
B/3
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk A/3
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil A/3
Ural Airlines Krasnodar,[47] Thessaloniki A/1
US Airways
operated by American Airlines
Seasonal: Philadelphia A/1
Volotea Seasonal: Bari (begins 1 June 2015), Palermo (begins 26 June 2015), Pisa (begins 29 May 2015), Santorini (begins 29 May 2015), Venice-Marco Polo[48] B/1
Vueling Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bilbao
B/1

Charter[edit]

Charter flights to/from Athens International Airport
Airlines Destinations
Air Alsie Seasonal: Billund
Air Bucharest Seasonal: Bucharest
AirExplore Seasonal: Bratislava, Dresden, Prague
Belavia Seasonal: Minsk-National[49]
Enter Air Seasonal: Catania
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse
Jet Time Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Stockholm-Arlanda
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari, Bergamo, Milan-Malpensa
Orenair Seasonal: Kazan, Yekaterinburg
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: Katowice, Poznań
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal: Bratislava, Budapest, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Tivat
Titan Airways Seasonal: Manchester
Nordstar Airlines Seasonal: Norilsk
XL Airways France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Yamal Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle, Pisa
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Leipzig/Halle
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
Royal Jordanian Cargo Amman-Queen Alia, Larnaca
Star Air (Maersk) Copenhagen, Munich
Swiftair Madrid[50]
TNT Airways Bergamo, Larnaca, Liège
UPS Airlines Ljubljana, Milan-Malpensa, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Statistics[edit]

Athens International Airport is the busiest airport in Greece. During 2014, it was the 31st busiest airport in Europe, handling traffic of approximately 15.2 million passengers.[2]

Annual traffic statistics[edit]

Passenger, aircraft movement and cargo statistics at "El. Venizelos" airport: 2002-2015[2]
Year Passengers
handled annually
Passenger
% Change
Cargo handled
(kg.)
Cargo
% Change
Aircraft
movements
Aircraft
% Change
2002 11,827,448 n/a Steady 106,813,249 n/a Steady 159,467 n/a Steady
2003 12,352,394 3.6 Increase 109,741,122 2.7 Increase 170,129 6.7 Increase
2004 13,662,332 11.5 Increase 118,999,247 8.4 Increase 191,048 12.3 Increase
2005 14,281,020 4.5 Increase 115,942,974 2.6 Decrease 180,936 5.3 Decrease
2006 15,079,708 5.6 Increase 120,174,745 3.6 Increase 190,872 5.6 Increase
2007 16,538,043 9.7 Increase 118,972,376 1.0 Decrease 205,295 7.6 Increase
2008 16,466,491 0.4 Decrease 122,195,965 2.7 Increase 199,418 2.9 Decrease
2009 16,225,589 1.5 Decrease 104,520,932 10.5 Decrease 210,147 5.4 Increase
2010 15,411,099 5.0 Decrease 96,676,103 7.5 Decrease 191,766 8.7 Decrease
2011 14,446,971 6.3 Decrease 85,831,845 11.2 Decrease 173,296 9.6 Decrease
2012 12,944,041 10.4 Decrease 76,424,557 11.0 Decrease 153,295 11.5 Decrease
2013 12,536,057 3.2 Decrease 74,869,128 2.0 Decrease 140,438 8.4 Decrease
2014 15,196,369 21.2 Increase 77,327,268 3.3 Increase 154,530 10.0 Increase
2015 to-date 4,436,940 24.2 Increase tba 0 Steady 46,080 17.2 Increase

  Passengers traffic 2002 - 2014 (x1000)
  Passenger traffic 2015 (x1000): By extrapolation of the current to-date trend
  Aircraft movements 2002 - 2014 (x10)
  Aircraft movements 2015 (x10): By extrapolation of the current to-date trend

  Cargo handled 2002 - 2014 (tonnes)

2015 traffic statistics[edit]

Monthly traffic for passengers and aircraft movements[2][51]
Month Passengers
handled monthly
Passenger
% Change
2014/2015
Aircraft
movements
Aircraft
% Change
2014/2015
January 976,388 28.1 Increase 10,749 17.1 Increase
February 905,505 24.7 Increase 9,669 15.4 Increase
March 1,099,424 24.5 Increase 11,283 18.6 Increase
April 1,455,623 21.1 Increase 14,389 17.6 Increase
Total 4,436,940 24.2 Increase 46,080 17.2 Increase

Busiest passenger routes by country[edit]

The table below shows passenger totals at Athens International Airport by country destination during 2013.[52]

Passenger traffic per country destination
Rank Country destination Passengers Change %
1 Flag of Greece.svg Domestic (2014) 5,267,593 22.5 Increase
2 Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1,063,124 2.3 Increase
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 923,037 2.7 Decrease
4 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 845,562 1.3 Increase
5 Flag of France.svg France 732,047 8.7 Decrease
6 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus 579,965 15.3 Decrease
7 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 554,866 22.4 Increase
8 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland 487,326 0.3 Increase
9 Flag of Spain.svg Spain 294,993 27.2 Decrease
10 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg UAE 290,885 22.0 Increase
11 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 233,469 16.8 Increase
12 Flag of Russia.svg Russia 213,669 28.8 Increase
13 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 205,635 21.6 Decrease
14 Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar 190,444 4.2 Increase
15 Flag of Austria.svg Austria 176,357 4.2 Increase
16 Flag of Israel.svg Israel 145,293 3.0 Decrease
17 Flag of the USA.svg United States 127,356 29.0 Decrease
18 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 124,356 10.1 Increase
19 Flag of Romania.svg Romania 119,189 8.4 Decrease
20 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 99,892 2.4 Decrease

Routes[edit]

Busiest international routes by weekly flights
International
Destination
Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(November 2014)
Weekly Departures
(February 2015)
Airlines Rank
Change
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport 62 63 Aegean Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair Steady
Flag of Italy.svg Rome Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino Airport 49 55 Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, EasyJet, Ryanair, Vueling Steady
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport 49 49 Aegean Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines Steady
Flag of Cyprus.svg Larnaca Larnaca 44 39 Aegean Airlines, Blue Air Steady
Flag of France.svg Paris Paris-CDG, Paris-Orly 31 30 Aegean Airlines, Air France, EasyJet, Transavia.com France Steady
Flag of Germany.svg Munich Munich Airport 21 22 Aegean Airlines, Air China, Lufthansa Increase 1
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Zürich Zürich 25 22 Aegean Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines Decrease 1
Flag of Italy.svg Milan Bergamo, Milan-MXP 19 21 Aegean Airlines, EasyJet, Ryanair Increase 1
Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport 21 21 Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa Decrease 1
Busiest domestic routes by weekly flights
Domestic
Destination
Weekly departures
(November 2014)
Airlines
Flag of Greece.svg Thessaloniki 76 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair
Flag of Greece.svg Heraklion 60 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express
Flag of Greece.svg Chania 42 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair
Flag of Greece.svg Rhodes 35 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair
Flag of Greece.svg Corfu 23 Aegean Airlines
Flag of Greece.svg Mytilene 21 Aegean Airlines
Flag of Greece.svg Santorini 21 Aegean Airlines
Flag of Greece.svg Alexandroupolis 19 Aegean Airlines
Flag of Greece.svg Chios 16 Aegean Airlines

Ground transport[edit]

Rail and Metro[edit]

A rail station is immediately adjacent to the airport terminal, accessible by an elevated walkway. Athens Metro line 3 and the suburban rail service Proastiakos run trains to and from this station.[53]

Road[edit]

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.[54] Long-term parking is located across the airport's main access road (Attiki Odos) with 5,802 parking spaces in lot P3.[55] 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.[56]

Taxi[edit]

Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located by exit 3 of the arrivals level.[57] Limousine service is also available upon request by the inner curbside of the arrivals level between exits 3 and 4.[57]

Bus[edit]

Four bus lines (X93, X95, X96, X97)[58] connect directly to the Athens greater area, the intercity bus stations (KTEL Kifissos Bus Terminal and Liosion bus terminal) and Piraeus.[59] Buses disembark passengers at the departures level and depart from the arrivals level between exits 4 and 5.[59]

Regional bus services by KTEL Express operate to the airport, currently connecting the airport to Rafina, Markopoulo, Lavrio, Kalyvia and Keratea.[59] Passengers disembark at the departures level, and depart from the arrivals level between exits 2 and 3.[59]

No. Destination Operator Via Frequency Trip duration
X93 Kifissos Bus Terminal for intercity buses OASA Lision Bus Terminal, Nea Filadelfeia 15–30 minutes 1 hour and 5 minutes
X95 Syntagma Square, Othonos St. OASA Ethniki Amyna metro station, Nomismatokopio metro station 15–20 minutes 1 hour and 10 minutes
X96 Port of Piraeus, Akti Vasileiadi St., Gate E1 OASA Faliro metro station, East Athens Bay, Kalamaki, Glyfada 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes
X97 Elliniko metro station on Athens Metro Line 2 OASA Vari, Hellenic Military Education of Evelpidon 40–50 minutes 50 minutes

Other Facilities[edit]

  • Olympic Air has its head office in Building 57 on the airport property.[60][61] Olympic Air also has offices in Building 53A.[62]
  • The Greek fast food company Goody's S.A. has its head office in Building 14B.[64]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • On 14 August 2005, Helios Airways Flight 522, a Boeing 737 was a schedule passenger flight of Helios Airways that crashed into mountain north of Marathon and Varnavas 40 km from Athens. All 115 passengers and 6 crew on board the aircraft were killed. With 121 fatalities, this is the deadliest aviation disaster in Greek history.

Awards[edit]

Award Year
Second place in Europe in the main category of "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" for airports handling up to 15 million passengers annually. ΙΑΤΑ Award[65] 2001
Third place in the world in the main category of "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" for airports handling up to 15 million passengers annually. ΙΑΤΑ Award[65] 2001
First position in Europe, in the airport size category up to 15 million passengers per annum. IATA "Global Airport Monitor" Award for "Overall Passenger Satisfaction".[66] 2002
First position in the world, in the airport size category up to 15 million passengers per annum. IATA "Global Airport Monitor" Award for "Overall Passenger Satisfaction".[66] 2002
The best airport in the world (in the 5 - 15 million passenger range) for its effectiveness in strategic marketing schemes for the development of new routes.[67] 2002
The airport marketing team was granted a special merit award for its efficiency in coping with the major challenges confronting the airport since its opening in March 2001.[68] 2002
"Commitment to Business Excellence" award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.).[69] 2002
"Recognised for Excellence" Award of the European Foundation for Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.).[70] 2003
Eagle Award of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[71] 2003
Second place in Europe for "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" regardless of airport size. "Global Airport Monitor" by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[72] 2003
Second place in the world for "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" regardless of airport size. "Global Airport Monitor" by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[72] 2003
KPMG "Award for Human Resources Training and Development".[73] 2003
European Airport of the Year 2004 by the British Institute of Transport Management (ITM).[74] 2004
Second place in the world (airport size category 5 -15 million per annum), in the "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" category. AETRA Awards.[75] 2004
Third place in Europe regardless of airport size category, in the "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" category. AETRA Awards.[75] 2004
"Commitment to Excellence" Distinction from the European Foundation Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.).[76] 2004
Airports internal Audit Department was honoured by the Hellenic Institute of Internal Auditors (HIIA) with the "Recognition of Commitment" (ROC).[77] 2004
European Commission’s GreenLight Award.[78] 2004
"Aerospace Industry Awards 2005", in the "Infrastructure & Environment" Award category.[79] 2005
OAG Airport Marketing Award in the category (10 - 25 million passengers).[80] 2005
Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe[81] 2005
Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe[81] 2006
OAG Airport Marketing Award for its airline development programme in the 10-25 million passenger bracket.[82] 2006
Second at ATRS Business Efficiency Excellence Runner-up Award by the Air Transport Society (ATRS).[83] 2006
"Cargo Airline of the Year" in the category of 100 - 500,000 metric tones annually.[84] 2006
OAG Airport Marketing Award.[85] 2007
Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe[81] 2008
OAG Airport Marketing Award.[86] 2008
"Golden Sun" during the 2nd Superbrands award ceremony.[87] 2008
"Travel Services"[87] 2008
"GreenBuilding Award".[88] 2008
Web Award winner. Excellent evaluation of Athens International Airport’s website.[89] 2008
"Webbies – Aviation Web Awards 2008". Bronze award in the "Best Airport Website" category[89] 2008
"Webbies – Aviation Web Awards 2008". Silver award in the category "Best Online Innovation" - 2008[89] 2008
Routes Airport Marketing Awards in the Europe category.[90] 2009
OAG - Routes Airport Marketing Awards Europe.[91] 2009
1st place in the geographical region "Southern Europe - Mediterranean".[91] 2009
The best airport magazine in the world.[92] 2009
First in the Category "Travel & Tourism".[93] 2010
"Air Cargo Excellence Survey" in the category (100,000 - 499,000 tonnes / Europe).[94] 2010
"Airport of the Year 2010".[95] 2010
2nd best airport in airline marketing in the European category.[96] 2010
Winner in the "Mediterranean-Southern Europe" category.[97] 2010
"European Airport of the Year 2011".[98] 2011
Bronze award in the category "Company of the Year-Transportation" at the "Stevie - International Business Awards".[99] 2013
Winner of Routes Airport Marketing Award in the 4 – 20 m. passengers category.[100] 2013
Eco-Innovation Award (Airports Council International - Europe (ACI Europe))[101][102] 2013
"Lovie" award for the airport’s new web page.[103] 2013
"Webit" award for AIA’s Β2Β airline blog.[104] 2013
"Golden Ermis" in the "Digital – Travel" category.[105] 2014
"ΕΒGΕ" graphic design award for the airport’s web page.[106] 2014
"Europe’s Best Airport for 2014″ in the 10–25 million passenger category (Airports Council International - Europe (ACI Europe))[107] 2014
"Airport of the Year" in the 10-30 million-passenger category (Air Transport News)[108] 2015

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  70. ^ "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport has been honoured with the "Recognised for Excellence" Award of the European Foundation for Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.), acknowledging the level of business excellence and the quality of services of the Airport’s Information Technology & Telecommunications Department."
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  76. ^ "airport official web site".  "AIA's Corporate Services Division has been presented with the "Commitment to Excellence" Distinction from the European Foundation Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.) in acknowledgement of its business level and service quality with regard to corporate human resources."
  77. ^ "airport official web site".  "During a special award ceremony, AIA’s Internal Audit Department was honoured by the Hellenic Institute of Internal Auditors (HIIA) with the "Recognition of Commitment" (ROC) for 2004 for demonstrating Professional Excellence, Quality and Accomplishment."
  78. ^ "airport official web site".  "Award in recognition of AIA’s Energy and Environmental contribution Athens International Airport is the first company in Greece to receive the European Commission’s GreenLight Award for the development of a series of energy-efficient activities in lighting with the purpose of reducing emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect."
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  80. ^ "airport official web site".  "The Airlines awarded Athens International Airport top marks for its support in route development. During the annual airport marketing awards ceremony ("OAG Airport Marketing Awards 2005"), attended by 1,700 delegates and 300 airlines from all over the world, the airport was acclaimed by the international aviation community as the top-ranking airport worldwide in its category (10 - 25 million passengers) for its airline support programme and contribution to route development."
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  82. ^ "airport official web site".  "Thanks to the support of the airlines, its major partners, AIA came out top of the list at "Routes", the annual airline-airport summit meeting. It received the OAG Airport Marketing Award for its airline development programme in the 10-25 million passenger bracket."
  83. ^ "airport official web site".  "AIA was ranked second by the Air Transport Society (ATRS) following the 10th ATRS Conference in Nagoya, Japan."
  84. ^ "airport official web site".  "AIA was honoured with the most prestigious international distinction in cargo air transport. The distinction was conferred at the "Cargo Airline of the Year" award ceremony, an annual event jointly organized by "Air Cargo News" Magazine and Airports Council International (ACI). AIA received international acclaim in the category of 100 - 500,000 metric tones annually in recognition of its successful programme in cargo development and overall contribution to the field over the last five years."
  85. ^ "airport official web site".  "For the third consecutive year, Athens International Airport’s airline-partners rewarded the airport with the 1st OAG Airport Marketing Award 2007 at the 13th World Route Development Forum – "ROUTES 2007" in Stockholm. Praised for "maintaining its Olympic sparkle," AIA was awarded for its airline developmental programme resulting in 2007 to attract 12 new airlines, and add 11 new destinations, to America, Asia and Europe."
  86. ^ "airport official web site".  "For the fourth consecutive year, Athens International Airport (AIA) won the OAG-Routes Airport Marketing Award for consistently and dynamically supporting airlines’ route development through the airport’s wide-scale, innovative marketing programmes*. AIA received the "OAG-Routes Airport Marketing Award" in the framework of the 14th World Route Development Forum, "ROUTES" (Kuala Lumpur October 12th-14th), this year sharing the 1st place with Brussels Airport, which also excelled for its airport marketing initiatives."
  87. ^ a b "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport has been honored with the first prize ‘’Golden Sun’’ during the 2nd Superbrands award ceremony, which took place at the Athens Megaron on 31st of March, 2008. Additionally, Athens International also received the special prize for ‘’Travel Services’’. The Superbrands event was born in Great Britain in 1994-95 and has been spread in more than 75 countries from all around the world. For the first time it was held in Greece in 2005, aiming at promoting branding as well as at rewarding the country’s top brands."
  88. ^ "airport official web site".  "Further to the remarkable energy savings it achieved in its facilities and buildings, Athens International Airport was honoured with the GreenBuilding Award from the European Commission. The measures implemented, which addressed heating, ventilation, cooling and other building functions, led to significant reductions in energy consumption and consequently the airport's contribution to climate change."
  89. ^ a b c "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport’s aia.gr Web Award winner. Excellent evaluation of Athens International Airport’s website (aia.gr) and a pair of "Webbies" awards, in the framework of Flightglobal.com’s "Webbies – Aviation Web Awards 2008". Athens International Airport’s aia.gr was awarded with the bronze award in the "Best Airport Website" category and the silver award in the category "Best Online Innovation", for offering airlines personalized customer communication through the innovative e-tools "Infogate" and "Autopilot", blending market intelligence with e-communication."
  90. ^ "airport official web site".  "Airlines honour AIA with first place in Europe. Athens International Airport (AIA) is once again the winner of the Routes Airport Marketing Awards* in the Europe category. AIA was awarded in the framework of World ROUTES 2009, the biggest gathering of airports and airlines, held in Beijing, from September 12–15. This time airlines from across the globe distinguished AIA for supporting their route development consistently and dynamically, through the airport’s wide-scale innovative marketing programmes**. During tough economic times, this new distinction has a special significance for Athens International Airport: In 2009, AIA was the only European airport with increased number of frequencies, with its airline marketing programmes having so far brought 12 new airlines to Athens in 2009 and 8 new international destinations."
  91. ^ a b "airport official web site".  "For a 5th consecutive year, Europe’s airlines awarded Athens International Airport for supporting their route development consistently and dynamically, through the airport’s wide-scale innovative marketing programmes. The best airport marketing award was presented in the framework of the "ROUTES Europe" airline development forum, where AIA also won 1st place in the geographical region "Southern Europe - Mediterranean"."
  92. ^ "airport official web site".  "Just one year after the first publication, 2board was voted the best airport magazine in the world by UCityguides.com, one of the most dynamic and demanding travel website."
  93. ^ "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport, for second consecutive time, has been acknowledged as a Corporate Superbrand and honoured with the first prize in the Category "Travel & Tourism" during the Superbrands award ceremony, which took place at the Athens Megaron on the 20th of April, 2010. The Superbrands event was born in Great Britain in 1994-95 and has been spread in more than 80 countries from all around the world, aiming to promote top corporate and product brands through an evaluation process that combines the opinion of a public survey and of the Superbrands Evaluation Committee. For the first time it was held in Greece in 2005, aiming at promoting branding as well as at rewarding the country’s top brands."
  94. ^ "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport was honoured with a significant international distinction in the field of cargo development: voted by cargo airlines from all around the world, AIA came out as winner in its category (100,000 - 499,000 tonnes / Europe), in the framework of the 2010 Air Cargo Excellence Survey, organised by Air Cargo World magazine and announced at the recent IATA World Cargo Symposium held in Vancouver."
  95. ^ "airport official web site".  "On October 30th in Doha, aviation leaders awarded Athens International Airport (AIA) with the "Airport of the Year 2010" distinction, in recognition of the high quality of services offered to airport passengers and visitors, combined with a strong and competitive business model."
  96. ^ "airport official web site".  "This year’s World ROUTES, the biggest gathering of airports and airlines (19–21 September 2010, Vancouver) were concluded with another top distinction for Athens International Airport, its seventh award in six years. Airlines from across the globe voted AIA as the 2nd best airport in airline marketing in the European category, for supporting consistently and dynamically their development efforts and programmes."
  97. ^ "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport won its 6th Routes award for the financial support and innovative airport marketing programmes offered to airlines. During the "ROUTES Europe" conference that took place in Toulouse during May 9–11, Athens International Airport (AIA) was awarded as the winner in the "Mediterranean-Southern Europe" category."
  98. ^ "airport official web site".  "In its airport assessment in the highly challenging environment of the air-transport sector, the Institute of Transport Management named Athens International Airport the title of "European Airport of the Year 2011" acknowledging AIA’s high quality customer services and superior design, its awarded marketing programmes, strong -entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, even amid the present difficult times for the Greek economy."
  99. ^ "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport (AIA) was honoured with a new distinction, for the third consecutive year, at the 10th "Stevie - International Business Awards". AIA received the bronze award in the category "Company of the Year-Transportation", among over 100 companies and organisations of the aviation sector. The "Stevie - International Business Awards" institution aims at honouring and communicating the achievements and contribution of entreprises, organisations and entrepreneurs, to the international business community, the general public and the media. In 2013, entreprises from more than 50 countries participated in the "Stevie - International Business Awards". The awards were presented in a special event in Barcelona, on October 14th."
  100. ^ "airport official web site".  ""Routes Europe 2013", Europe’s biggest airline and airport networking route development forum, was concluded with one more award for the Athens International Airport, its 12th in 9 years. During the 8th Routes Europe Forum, which was held in Budapest (May 12–14) with the participation of more than 1,000 aviation professionals, Athens International Airport was the award Winner in the 4 - 20 m. passengers category in recognition of its creativity and continuous dynamic support to its airline partners, especially in light of the extremely adverse conditions that the Greek economy is facing. Having received the airlines’ recognition for 9 consecutive years, Athens International Airport (AIA) is the most awarded airport for its airport marketing performance."
  101. ^ "Airports Council International - Europe website". 
  102. ^ "airport official web site".  "Athens International Airport receives top European environmental airport award! In honor of its innovative environmental programmes and initiatives, Athens International Airport received the Eco-Innovation Award at the ACI EUROPE Best Airports Awards ceremony at the recent 9th ACI EUROPE/ WORLD Annual Conference & Exhibition in Istanbul. This distinction comes as a significant acknowledgment of the Athens airport’s leading approach to environmental protection. This year's award takes on additional significance during a critical time for the country as well as for the aviation sector, as it reflects AIA’s continuous efforts to deliver environmental management systems that go well beyond regulatory requirements. Specifically, the Athens airport scored highest on criteria addressing environmental awareness, effective management of carbon emissions, and stakeholder engagement."
  103. ^ "airport official web site".  "The new aia.gr was awarded for its modern design and its user friendly navigation."
  104. ^ "airport official web site".  "AIA’s innovative B2B Blog, a "portal-lounge" for the daily communication and the provision of information towards its airline partners, received the top distinction in the category "Business to Business", in the framework of the "Webit" Congress."
  105. ^ "airport official web site".  "A new distinction for the web page of the Athens International Airport: The new aia.gr was awarded for innovation, easy navigation and creative interactivity with the "Golden Ermis" in the "Digital – Travel" category."
  106. ^ "airport official web site".  "AIA’s web page received another important distinction, the top "Merit" in the framework of EBGE 2014, the Greek Graphic Design and Illustration Awards, in the category webpages / information."
  107. ^ "ACI EUROPE Best Airport Award winners for 2014 announced".  "This year’s award in the ‘10–25 million passenger’ category went to Athens International Airport. Athens secured this award due to its high economic performance in a very challenging context, its excellent work in redeveloping its traffic base while keeping a strong focus on the quality of service."
  108. ^ "Athens International Airport is ΄Airport of the Year΄".  "The Athens International Airport ("Eleftherios Venizelos") was named "Airport of the Year" in the 10-30 million-passenger category by internationally-acclaimed web portal Air Transport News, at an event that took place in Geneva, AMNA reported."

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