Athens International Airport Info


General Information

The airport was opened in March 2001 to replace the now-closed Athens (Ellinikon) International Airport. The first arrival was an Olympic Airways flight from Montreal and the second one was an Olympic Aviation flight from Kythira. The first departure was a KLM flight to Amsterdam. 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.overall viewThe 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 with out 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 2009, the airport handled 16.225.885 passengers, -1.5% than in 2008. It is also an airport that has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agencyand the Federal Aviation Administration for take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the Airbus A380. It is also among the 25 busiest airports in Europe. In 2005 and 2006, the Airport was awarded the Skytrax award for best airport in Southern Europe.

Main TerminalThe 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.
aerial view
Satellite Terminal The Satellite Terminal handles non-Schengen flights only. It is easily accessible through an underground link complete with moving walkways. As of 2009, part of the Satellite Terminal is closed and 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.[6] It has two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures.

Airlines & Destinations

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Adria Airways Seasonal: Ljubljana B
Aegean Airlines Cairo, Istanbul-Atatürk, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Tel Aviv A
Aegean Airlines Alexandroupolis, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Bologna [begins 29 March], Brussels, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Heraklion, Kos, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Mykonos, Mytilene, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rhodes, Rome-Fiumicino, Samos, Santorini, Sitia, Strasbourg [begins 2011], Stuttgart, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Venice-Marco Polo, Turin [begins 18 June]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin A
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo A
Aerosvit Airlines Donetsk, Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa A
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson A
Air China Beijing-Capital [resumes 11 May], Munich [begins 11 May] A
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle B
Air Malta Malta B
Air Méditerranée Paris-Charles de Gaulle B
Air Moldova Chişinău A
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson A
AirBaltic Seasonal: Riga B
Alitalia Naples, Rome-Fiumicino B
Atlasjet İzmir B
Armavia Yerevan A
Austrian Airlines Vienna B
Austrian operated by Tyrolean Airways Seasonal: Vienna B
Belle Air Tirana A
Blue1 Seasonal: Helsinki B
British Airways London-Heathrow A
Brussels Airlines Brussels B
Bulgaria Air Sofia A
Carpatair Timişoara A
Continental Airlines Newark A
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik [begins 31 May], Zagreb A
Cyprus Airways Larnaca, Paphos A
Czech Airlines Prague B
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
EasyJet London-Gatwick, Manchester A
EasyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino B
EgyptAir Cairo A
El Al Tel Aviv A
Emirates Dubai A
Estonian Air Seasonal: Tallinn B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi A
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki B
Georgian Airways Tbilisi A
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart B
Gulf Air Bahrain A
Hellenic Imperial Airways Seasonal: Johannesburg, A
Iberia Madrid B
Izair Izmir A
Jat Airways Belgrade A
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels-South Charleroi [begins 8 April] B
KLM Amsterdam B
Libyan Airlines Tripoli A
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw
Seasonal: Kraków
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich B
Lufthansa Regional operated by Contact Air Seasonal: Stuttgart B
Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings Düsseldorf B
Malév Hungarian Airlines Budapest B
Meridiana Fly Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Verona B
Middle East Airlines Beirut A
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Rygge, Stockholm-Arlanda B
Olympic Air Bucharest-Otopeni, Cairo, Istanbul-Atatürk, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Sofia, Tirana A
Olympic Air Alexandroupolis, Amsterdam, Astypalaia, Brussels, Chania, Chios, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ioannina, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Kythira, Lemnos, Leros, Milos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Naxos, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paros, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Syros, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Zakynthos B
Pegasus Airlines Izmir A
Qatar Airways Doha A
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia A
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore A
Sky Express Heraklion, Sitia, Skyros
Seasonal: Kastoria, Kozani
Sun d'Or International Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv A
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich B
Syrian Air Aleppo, Damascus A
TAP Portugal Lisbon [begins 27 March] B
TAROM Bucharest-Otopeni A
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi A
Transaero Airlines St Petersburg A Amsterdam [begins 13 April] B
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk A
Tunisair Tunis A
US Airways Seasonal: Philadelphia A
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent A
Viking Hellas Arbil, Baghdad, Manchester, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah A
Vueling Airlines Barcelona B

Cargo Airlines

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Airgo Airlines Domestic cargo Cargo
DHL Leipzig/Halle Cargo
FedEx Express Frankfurt, Newark, Memphis Cargo
FedEx Feeder operated by Air Contractors Dublin Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt Cargo
Royal Jordanian Cargo Amman, Cologne Cargo
Star Air Copenhagen Cargo
TNT Airways Liège, Milan-Orio al Serio Cargo
UPS Airlines Ljubljana, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Cargo

Robotic Security
The airport is equipped with two robotic systems (robots "Hercules" and "Ulysses") capable of handling suspect devices. They are designed to protect the lives of individuals as well as airport spaces by safely identifying and removing explosives.Hercules was donated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It is a system capable of the safe collection and transportation of explosives for disposal. It is equipped with a spherical shaped tank with a diameter of 120 cm, and two robotic folding arms. Ulysses is a system worth €94,000, donated by Soukos Robots ABEE. This system was manufactured in order to serve as a supplement to Hercules. It can access more difficult areas than Hercules such as toilets, buses or aircraft. It is a light but highly efficient robot, equipped with a shock-absorbing system allowing movements on rough surfaces.

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