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International Airport of Athens (ATH)

ATHENS AIRPORT Athens International Airport (IATA code: ATH) is located about 30 km east of the city, in an area that touches the municipalities of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa.
Named after the statesman Eleftherios Venizelos and managed by Athens International Airport S.A., this new airport opened in 2001 replaces the old Athens International Airport Ellinikon, now closed. It is currently the main airport in the country, with over 16 million passengers a year. In 2005 and 2006 it was awarded the Skytrax award as the best airport in Southern Europe.

The Athens airport is the hub of the main Greek airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, and is served by numerous European and non-European airlines, both national and low cost. In recent years it has become increasingly popular as a gateway to Asia and the Middle East. It is also used as a stopover to reach the Greek islands, both the most famous such as Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Kos, and those connected only by domestic flights.

In accordance with IATA standards its code is ATH and LGAV according to ICAO standards.

The airport has two parallel runways allowing simultaneous take-offs and landings which are connected to a double taxiway system. The take-off and landing capacity is 65 per hour, or 600 per day. Currently its capacity is around 21 million passengers with around 220,000 tons of cargo per annum.This capacity could be expanded to accommodate 50 million passengers per year.

Athens International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Greece. At the end of 2015 it was listed as the 30th busiest airport in Europe and had handled a total traffic of around 18 million passengers.

In 2008 it won two awards: the ‘Golden Pillow’ given by the Melbourne newspaper ‘The Age’ and also an environmental ‘Green Building’ award, given by the European Committee, for reducing energy consumption whilst increasing passengers.

In 1996 Athens International Airport was established as the first major greenfield airport with participation of the private sector. Its Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has a 30 year concession agreement that was ratified by Greek Law. It is a privately managed company with the Greek state holding 55% of the shares and a private consortium holding the remaining 45%. The private stake is currently made up of PSP Investments of Canada (40%) and Copelouzos Group (5%). The cost for the development of the airport was financed mainly from bank loans – with European Investment Bank being the major lender, while the remaining funding was provided through private shareholders equity and EU and Greek State grants.

Airport Terminals

The airport currently has two terminals, the main terminal and the satellite terminal which is accessible by an underground link from the main terminal. The airport terminals are designed to be extended in a modular approach over time in order to accommodate increases in air travel. These extensions are planned over a framework of six phases. The first (current) phase allowed the airport to accommodate 21 million passengers.

Athens International Airport consists of two passenger terminals connected to each other by pedestrian tunnels.

The main terminal (main terminal) is used for all flights from the non-Schengen area and some flights from the Schengen area, while the satellite terminal (secondary terminal) is used only for flights from the Schengen area. Both terminals include a Departures area and an Arrivals area.

It is not difficult to find your way around and if you make the wrong terminal you can walk from one to the other, but to find what you are looking for faster, you can consult the useful maps found inside the terminal.

In both terminals there are numerous shops, bars, restaurants and services including free wifi and vip lounges, other services, such as baggage storage, are only found in the main terminal.


The airport employs over 13,000 people and hosts approximately 300 companies, making it one of the largest employers in Greece. In fact, a recent study by the Athens University of Economics and Business published in 2013 showed that Athens International Airport contributes to the national and local economy by 2.63% of the GDP. As a result, it has managed to record a healthy financial performance since 2001 and has delivered financial and non-financial value to all its stakeholders. Although the airport has been affected by the Greek financial crisis, the company has successfully addressed these market challenges without endangering the quality of its service and safe and secure operations


Athens the capital of Greece, is an immense metropolis where you can come across millenary ruins at every corner. The iconic temples of the Acropolis, first of all the Parthenon, considered the highest expression of classical Greek architecture, the mythical ancient stadium where the modern Olympic Games began, the agora where Socrates taught philosophy and some of the most important museums of ancient art in the world are the wonders that everyone expects to find in Athens.

Although proud of its glorious past, the Greek capital looks ahead and pulsates with energy. It is a modern city, where you can visit contemporary art galleries, photograph creative street art, go wild at a rock festival or taste craft beers. Between visits to museums, shopping in the markets, romantic walks at sunset, dinners in typical taverns and escapes to the park or the sea in search of a little cool, a holiday in Athens could very well take up an entire week, but don’t worry if you stay less days, Athens will be able to steal your heart at the first moment. Read more About Athens

How to get to from the Athens airport to the center of Athens

By Metro

The most convenient way to reach the center of Athens from the airport is definitely the metro. From the main terminal you can reach the metro station using the escalators or elevators. The line to the center is the blue, which takes you to the heart of the city in about 40 minutes.
The cost of the metro ticket to / from the airport is 10.00 euros (single journey).

By Bus

If you want to save a little something or if you travel at times when the metro is not running, you can use the bus, by far the cheapest way to get from Athens airport to the center. There are four bus lines that connect the airport to the city, running 24 hours a day.

The recommended line for tourists is the X95 which arrives in Syntagma square, a very central area convenient to all the main tourist attractions. The travel time is approximately 65 minutes, the runs are quite frequent: one every 15 minutes.

The price of the single ride ticket is 6 euros.

By the suburban train

Athens airport is connected by suburban trains to Larissa station in the city, from which you can take a train to numerous destinations in the Peloponnese.

The suburban lines Athens International Airport – Koropi – SKA and Athens International Airport – Koropi – Athens – Piraeus directly connect the airport to the city center and the port of Piraeus, with trains departing every hour.

By Taxi

For those who want to go straight to the hotel, traveling in comfort, the best solution is always a taxi. There is a fixed municipal rate for which each ride from Athens airport to the city center (and vice versa) costs only 38 euros (50 at night).

We recommend that you confirm with the driver before departure that your destination is included in the area served by the fixed rate. This will avoid possible disputes on the price.

By Car

If you want to reach Athens airport by car, the shortest route is along the A6: you need to pay a toll, but arriving from other roads could be a bit complicated.




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