Athens International Airport

Coordinates: 37°56′11″N 23°56′50″E / 37.93639°N 23.94722°E / 37.93639; 23.94722
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Athens International Airport
"Eleftherios Venizelos"

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών
«Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος»
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAthens International Airport S.A.
ServesAthens, Greece
Opened28 March 2001; 23 years ago (2001-03-28)
Hub for
BuiltHochtief, GEK Terna
Elevation AMSL308 ft / 94 m
Coordinates37°56′11″N 23°56′50″E / 37.93639°N 23.94722°E / 37.93639; 23.94722
ATH is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03R/21L 13,123 4,000 Asphalt
03L/21R 12,467 3,800 Asphalt
Statistics (2023)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 24.0%
Aircraft movements241,604
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 13.2%
Sources: AIA Statistics[1]

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών «Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος», Diethnís Aeroliménas Athinón "Elefthérios Venizélos"), commonly initialised as AIA (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV), is the largest international airport in Greece, serving the city of Athens and region of Attica. It began operation on 28 March 2001 (in time for the 2004 Summer Olympics) and is the main base of Aegean Airlines, as well as other smaller Greek airlines. It replaced the old Ellinikon International Airport.[2]

Athens International Airport is currently a member of Group 1 of Airports Council International (over 25 million passengers).[3] As of 2023, it is the 18th-busiest airport in Europe and the busiest and largest in the Balkans.

The new Athens Int'l Airport covers a huge expanse of 16,000 acres (25.0 sq mi; 64.7 km2), making the facility among the largest in Europe and in the world in terms of land area.[4]


Development and ownership[edit]

Terminal VOR/DME at Athens International Airport

AIA 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 to-date, the airport is operated by AIA S.A. and ownership is divided between the Hellenic Republic (Greek State) and Private Sector in a 55%-45% stake following a PPP scheme for the airport company.[5] Currently, private investors include the Copelouzos Group (5%)[6] and PSP Investments of Canada (40%), following purchase of Hochtief's shares.[7]

The airport was constructed to replace the now-closed Athens (Ellinikon) International Airport, as the latter had reached its saturation point with no physical space for further growth.[8] Studies for a new airport had been carried out from as early as the 1970s, with as many as 19 different locations being looked at before an area close to the town of Spata was chosen as suitable.[8] Athens Airport SA, a state-owned company, was established in 1978 to proceed with the plans. However, after delays and slow development, the project was revived in 1991, approximately 1 year after the city lost the right to host the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta, USA and the possibility of submitting a bid for the 2000 Game was discussed. However, the city presented the project that was eventually the winner for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, with the then government launching an international tender for the selection of a build-own-operate-transfer partner for the airport project, with Hochtief of Germany being selected.[8]

In 1996, Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA) was established as a Public–private partnership with a 30-year concession agreement.[1] That same year, the €2.1 billion development finally began with an estimated completion date of February 2001. The airport construction was completed five months before schedule, but was delayed opening a month due to surface connections to Attiki Odos not being completed.[8] The airport officially opened on 28 March 2001[9] Its major features include two parallel runways being 4 km (2.5 mi) and 3.8 km (2.4 mi) long respectively. The airport has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency[10] and the Federal Aviation Administration[10] for take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the A380.[10] 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.[11]

Greek government debt-crisis impact (2009–2013)[edit]

The Greek government-debt crisis reduced the overall passenger traffic of the airport for six consecutive years. Many long-haul airlines outright terminated service to the airport, while others chose to operate on a seasonal basis only, opting to terminate service during the winter months.[12] Moreover, these problems were further exacerbated by the closure of Olympic Airlines, which operated many long-haul flights to and from the airport. 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 2007's traffic, which was the all-time-high at that time.[1]

Recovery and new levels of passenger traffic (2014–2015)[edit]

Athens International Airport under construction in 1999.

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 traffic 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[13][14] while Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways fly more frequently to/from Athens.[15][16][17] Delta Air Line resumed their weekly flights and American Airlines retained their seasonal schedules to/from USA with even more frequent connectivity. From 2017 onwards, year-round services to Singapore are going to resume after more than five years. Flights are going to be operated by Scoot.

According to AIA published statistics, total traffic for 2015 achieved an impressive performance reaching almost 18.1 million passengers, an all-time-record for the airport at that time, increased by 19% on year-over-year basis[18] and by 1.55 million (+9.4%) the previous best, which was the pre-crisis year 2007. In addition, over the same period, aircraft traffic exhibited a solid growth of 14% year-over-year.[19] Moreover, in 2015 a significant rise (+38%) was recorded by transfer passengers, with the international to international transfer traffic marking an impressive increase (+60%) demonstrating the significant enhancement of the Athens airport connectivity.

Exceeding twenty million passengers (2016–2023) and beyond[edit]

2016 was a landmark year for the Athens International Airport, both for domestic and international destinations. Annual results reflected a solid performance for a third year in a row fueled by double-digit growth, this time passing the twenty million mark, increased by 10.7% on year-over-year basis.[20] Healthy growth continued in 2017 with the airport showing traffic increase of 8.6% to a total of 21.7 million passengers, yet another all-time record for the Athens airport.[21] During 2018, the airport achieved yet another record high, reporting increased passenger traffic by 11% to more than 24.1 million passengers.[22] Equally, aircraft traffic achieved a new record with a reported annual growth of 10.8% to 217,094 movements.[23]

For the first ten months of 2023, the airport traffic shows signs of further increase with passenger numbers up by 19.5%[24] to 24.4 million passengers and aircraft movements up by 15.2%.

In the second half of June 2018 Emirates added an extra daily flight from its base in Dubai Airport using the Airbus A380 superjumbo,[25] marking the first time the "superjumbo" operated at the airport with a scheduled flight for a long period of time. The A380 service was continued until the end of August 2018.[26]


Check-in area
Waiting area


The airport currently has two terminals, the main terminal and the satellite terminal accessible by an underground link from the main terminal. It is designed to be extended in a modular approach over the ensuing years in order to accommodate increases in air travel. These extensions are planned in a six-phase framework. The first (and current) phase allowed the airport to accommodate 26 million passengers per year. When the airport originally opened, the current phase called for a capacity of only 16 million passengers per year; however, the capacity was able to increase without progressing to the next phase thanks to advanced IT logistics.[27] The sixth and final expansion phase will allow the airport to accommodate an annual traffic of 50 million passengers, with the current layout leaving enough space for five more terminals to be added.[8] As such, the parallel runway system currently in place has been designed to accommodate flight traffic with this high equivalent annual passenger load upon completion of the final expansion phase.[27]

Main Terminal[edit]

The main terminal building handles all intra-Schengen flights, as well as several non-Schengen flights. All of the airport's 144 check-in desks are located in the Main Terminal and it has three separate levels, one for arrivals, one for departures and a food court level complete with a view of the eastern runway. Finally, the terminal is equipped with fourteen jet bridges and eleven belt conveyors for luggage.

  • 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.

In March 2018, the Athens International Airport issued a tender for its first physical expansion, concerning the south wings of the main terminal.[28] The tender called for a building expansion with a total area of approximately 14,950 square meters over five levels (levels 0 to 4). The construction company to build the expansion has been awarded in summer 2018 and the project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2019. It will add 18 more counter check-in decks as well as additional space for arrivals, departures, security and automated control gates, it will also add expanded shopping area and new lounges by mid-2020.

Satellite Terminal[edit]

The satellite terminal has two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures.[27] It is easily accessible through an underground link complete with moving walkways. The terminal is equipped with ten jet bridges and is capable of handling annual traffic of six million passengers.

In recent years its parking stands were utilized for long-term storage of airliners, specifically two ex-Olympic Airways Airbus A340-300s (both aircraft were transferred to its new owner in February 2017)[29] and a Boeing 767-300ER of defunct Greek start-up carrier SkyGreece Airlines. However, as of June 2017, the parking space of the satellite terminal is in full use for both Schengen and non-Schengen area flights and to accommodate increased traffic. From June 2017 some low-cost carriers were using it. On 24 May 2018, the Satellite Terminal officially restarted full operations. The airlines using it are Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, Eurowings, Norwegian, Transavia and Transavia France, TUIfly Belgium, Brussels Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Transat and Scoot.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Athens Airport:

Aegean Airlines Alexandroupoli, Amman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Baku,[30] Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin, Bilbao, Birmingham,[31] Bologna, Bratislava,[32] Bristol,[32] Brussels, Bucharest–Otopeni, Budapest, Cairo, Chania, Chios,[33] Chișinău,[34] Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Corfu, Dubai–International,[35] Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Heraklion, Ioannina, Istanbul, İzmir, Jeddah, Kavala,[33] Kefalonia,[33] Kos, Kraków, Larnaca, Lemnos,[33] Lisbon, Ljubljana,[36] London–Heathrow, Luxembourg, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Mykonos, Mytilene, Naples, Nice, Oslo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Porto, Prague, Rhodes, Riga,[32] Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Samos,[33] Santorini, Sarajevo (resumes 1 June 2024),[37] Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv,[38] Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius (resumes 18 April 2024),[39] Warsaw–Chopin, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zurich
Seasonal: Alexandria, Bordeaux, Catania, Dubrovnik, Hannover, Ibiza, Innsbruck,[40] Kalamata,[41] Lille,[42] London–Gatwick,[43] Lyon, Málaga, Marseille, Nantes, Newcastle upon Tyne,[44] Nuremberg, Olbia,[45] Palermo (resumes 15 June 2024),[46] Palma de Mallorca, Pisa,[47] Seville,[32] Split,[32] Toulouse, Valencia
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Arabia Sharjah (resumes 28 June 2024)[48]
airBaltic Riga
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital[49]
Air Europa Seasonal: Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Marseille, Nice, Toulouse
Air Mediterranean Benghazi,[50] Damascus[51]
Air Serbia Belgrade
Seasonal: Niš
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, New York–JFK, Philadelphia
Arkia Tel Aviv
Asiana Airlines Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon[52]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Bluebird Airways Tel Aviv
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia, Varna (begins 15 June 2024)[53]
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Tel Aviv[54]
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb
Cyprus Airways Larnaca
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK[55]
Seasonal: Atlanta, Boston
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux,[56] Lisbon,[57] London–Gatwick, Lyon,[58] Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Venice (begins 22 April 2024)[59]
Seasonal: Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Málaga (begins 1 June 2024),[60] Nice (begins 28 May 2024),[61] Palma de Mallorca (begins 27 June 2024),[60] Paris–Orly
Egyptair Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International, Newark
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Prague, Stuttgart
Gulf Air Bahrain, Larnaca
Iberia Madrid
Israir Airlines Tel Aviv[62]
ITA Airways Rome–Fiumicino Birmingham, London–Stansted,[63] Manchester
Juneyao Air Shanghai–Pudong[64]
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon[65]
Kuwait Airways Kuwait City[66]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin[67]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Marathon Airlines Benghazi[68]
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Norse Atlantic Airways New York–JFK (begins 30 May 2024)[69]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Olympic Air Ikaria, Karpathos, Kythira, Leros, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Sitia, Skiathos, Skyros, Zakynthos
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Play Reykjavík–Keflavík[70]
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia[71]
Ryanair Bari,[72] Bergamo, Bologna, Budapest, Charleroi, Dublin, Katowice, London–Stansted, Malta, Milan–Malpensa,[72] Paphos,[73] Rome–Fiumicino, Vienna
Seasonal: Berlin, Catania, Chania,[74] Cologne/Bonn, Corfu,[75] Kraków, London–Luton, Santorini, Tel Aviv, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław
Saudia Seasonal: Jeddah, Riyadh
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Gothenburg, Oslo
Scoot Berlin,[76] Singapore
Sky Express Alexandroupoli, Astypalaia, Brussels, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Düsseldorf,[77] Frankfurt,[77] Heraklion, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kastoria, Kefalonia, Kithira, Kos, Kozani, Larnaca, Lemnos, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa,[78] Milos, Munich,[78] Mykonos, Mytilene, Naxos, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paros, Rhodes, Rome–Fiumicino, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Sofia, Syros, Thessaloniki, Warsaw–Chopin,[77] Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Palermo[79]
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague (begins 31 May 2024)[80]
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAROM Bucharest–Otopeni
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Tus Airways Tel Aviv[81]
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare (begins 24 May 2024),[82] Newark, Washington–Dulles
Universal Air Malta (begins 6 May 2024)[83]
Volotea Bordeaux, Heraklion, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Naples,[84] Santorini, Venice
Seasonal: Ancona (begins 2 June 2024),[85] Bari, Bilbao, Brest (begins 20 April 2024),[86] Cagliari,[87] Dubrovnik, Lille, Mykonos, Palermo, Split (begins 2 June 2024),[88] Strasbourg, Toulouse,[89] Verona
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Bucharest–Otopeni,[90] Budapest, Katowice, Kutaisi, Larnaca, London–Gatwick, London–Luton,[91] Milan–Malpensa, Tel Aviv,[92] Tirana[93]


Athens International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Greece. By the end of 2021, it was the 15th-busiest airport in Europe.[1]

Annual statistics[edit]

Passenger, aircraft movement and cargo statistics at "El. Venizelos" airport: 2002–2023[1]
Year Passenger
% change
handled (kg.)
% change
% 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 74,874,633 2.0 Decrease 140,448 8.4 Decrease
2014 15,196,369 21.2 Increase 77,337,956 3.3 Increase 154,530 10.0 Increase
2015 18,087,377 19.0 Increase 80,475,761 4.0 Increase 176,156 14.0 Increase
2016 20,016,998 10.7 Increase 88,477,196 9.9 Increase 189,137 7.4 Increase
2017 21,737,787 8.6 Increase 90,176,471 1.9 Increase 195,951 3.6 Increase
2018 24,135,736 11.0 Increase 92,573,026 3.1 Increase 217,094 10.8 Increase
2019 25,573,993 6.0 Increase 94,621,875 1.5 Increase 225,628 3.9 Increase
2020 8,078,394 68.4 Decrease 75,783,363 19.4 Decrease 112,415 50.2 Decrease
2021 12,345,786 52.8 Increase 96,907,000 27.9 Increase 158,950 41.4 Increase
2022 22,728,750 84.1 Increase 106,103,811 6.8 Increase 213,352 34.2 Increase
2023 28,174,150 24.0 Increase -- n/a Steady 241,604 13.2 Increase
2024(Mar) 5,215,482 16.5 Increase -- n/a Steady 46,334 12.8 Increase

Busiest passenger routes by country[edit]

The table below shows passenger totals at Athens International Airport by country destination during 2021, and changes compared to 2020.[94]

Passenger traffic per country destination (2022)
Rank Country destination Passengers Change %
GR Domestic 7,358,590 60.2 Increase
1 Germany 1,612,888 64.2 Increase
2 United Kingdom 1,496,360 144.7 Increase
3 Italy 1,404,099 143.3 Increase
4 France 1,243,158 73.2 Increase
5 Cyprus 1,042,643 88.0 Increase
6 USA 889,539 97.2 Increase
7 Turkey 726,589 189.3 Increase
8 Switzerland 658,237 79.4 Increase
9 Spain 622,070 124.3 Increase
10 Israel 592,873 194.0 Increase

Airline market share 2022[edit]

Top airlines at Athens[95]
Rank Airline Market share
1 Aegean Airlines 44.6%
Olympic Air
2 Sky Express 12.2%
3 Ryanair 6.0%
4 Lufthansa 3.2%
5 Volotea 2.0%
6 Turkish Airlines 1.8%
7 British Airways 1.7%
8 Emirates 1.7%
9 Swiss 1.6%
10 Wizz Air 1.4%

Airline alliance market share 2022[edit]

Top airlines alliances at Athens[96]
Rank Airline alliance Market Share
1 Star Alliance 50.9%
2 SkyTeam 5.3%
3 Oneworld 4.2%
4 Non-allied carriers 39.5%

Passengers 2022[edit]

Busiest European destinations from Athens Airport [97]
Rank Destination Airport(s) Passengers Top carriers
1 London LHR, LGW, STN 1,277,281 Aegean Airlines, British Airways, easyJet,, Ryanair, Sky Express, Wizz Air
2 Larnaca LCA 1,013,784 Aegean Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Gulf Air, Sky Express, Wizz Air
3 Paris CDG, ORY 876,657 Aegean Airlines, Air France, easyJet, Sky Express, Transavia France
4 Istanbul IST, SAW 710,757 Aegean Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
5 Rome FCO, CIA 582,104 Aegean Airlines, ITA Airways, Ryanair, Sky Express
6 Munich MUC 517,847 Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa, Sky Express
7 Frankfurt FRA 491,409 Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa
8 Amsterdam AMS 466,845 Aegean Airlines, KLM, Transavia
9 Milan MXP, BGY 460,559 Aegean Airlines, easyJet, Ryanair, Sky Express, Wizz Air
10 Zürich ZRH 401,000 Aegean Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines
Busiest intercontinental destinations from Athens Airport [97]
Rank Destination Airport(s) Passengers Carriers
1 Tel Aviv TLV 582,545 Aegean Airlines, Arkia, Bluebird Airways, El Al, Israir, Ryanair, Tus Airways, Wizz Air
2 New York JFK, EWR 530,276 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, United Airlines
3 Cairo CAI 254,889 Aegean Airlines, EgyptAir
4 Dubai DXB 183,275 Emirates
5 Toronto YYZ 164,336 Air Canada, Air Transat
6 Doha DOH 159,186 Qatar Airways
7 Montreal YUL 150,960 Air Canada, Air Transat
8 Beirut BEY 123,977 Aegean Airlines, Middle East Airlines
9 Abu Dhabi AUH 98,232 Etihad Airways, Wizz Air
10 Atlanta ATL 90,948 Delta Air Lines
Busiest domestic destinations from Athens Airport [98]
Rank Destination Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Thessaloniki SKG 1,204,852 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express
2 Heraklion HER 1,009,945 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express, Volotea
3 Santorini JTR 1,003,572 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Sky Express, Volotea
4 Chania CHQ 578,450 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Sky Express
5 Rhodes RHO 567,419 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express
6 Mykonos JMK 450,016 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express, Volotea
7 Corfu CFU 313,429 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Sky Express
8 Paros PAS 277,162 Olympic Air, Sky Express
9 Mytilene MJT 271,895 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express
10 Alexandroupolis AXD 237,726 Aegean Airlines, Sky Express

Ground transport[edit]

Railway and Metro[edit]

Metro station
Station's platforms

A railway station is immediately adjacent to the airport terminal, accessible by an elevated walkway. Athens Metro line 3 and the suburban railway service Proastiakos run trains to and from this station.[99]


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.[100] Long-term parking is located across the airport's main access road (Attiki Odos) with 5,802 parking spaces in lot P3.[101] 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.[102]


Taxis are available at the designated taxi waiting area located at exit 3 of the arrivals level.[103][104] Limousine service is also available upon request by the inner curbside of the arrivals level between exits 3 and 4.[103][105]


Four bus lines (X93, X95, X96, X97)[106] connect directly to the Athens greater area, X95 starts from Syntagma square, X93 connects the airport to intercity bus stations (KTEL Kifissos Bus Terminal and Liosion bus terminal), X96 to Athens main port Piraeus and X97 to Elliniko metro station the Southern terminal of Line 2.[107] Buses disembark passengers at the departures level and depart from the arrivals level between exits 4 and 5.[107] Regional bus services by KTEL Express operate to the airport, currently connecting the airport to Rafina, Markopoulo, Lavrio, Kalyvia and Keratea.[107]

Other facilities[edit]

Aerial view of the retail park
  • The Greek fast food company Goody's S.A. has its head office in Building 14B.[112]
  • Sofitel Hotel
  • Retail Park
  • Two robotic systems, named Hercules and Ulysses, are used by the airport for the handling of potentially dangerous materials. They were donated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.[113]

See also[edit]


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