Athens International Airport

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Athens International Airport
"Eleftherios Venizelos"

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών
"Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος"
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Athens Airport aerial view.JPG
IATA: ATHICAO: LGAV
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Public/Private consortium[1]
  • Greek State: 55%
  • Canada's PSP: 40%
  • Copelouzos Group: 5%
Operator Athens International Airport S.A.
Serves Athens, Greece
Location Spata
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 308 ft / 94 m
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Website aia.gr
Map
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 (2015)
Passengers 18,086,894
Passenger traffic change Increase 19.0%
Aircraft movements 176,156
Aircraft movements change Increase 14.0%
Sources: AIA Statistics[2]

Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών "Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος", Diethnís Aeroliménas Athinón "Elefthérios Venizélos") (IATA: ATHICAO: LGAV), commonly initialized as "AIA", began operation on 29 March 2001 and is the primary international 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

Development and ownership

The airport was constructed to replace the now-closed Athens (Ellinikon) International Airport as the latter have had no physical space for further growth. 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, 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.[4] Currently, private investors include the Copelouzos Group (5%)[5] and PSP Investments of Canada (40%), following purchase of Hochtief's shares.[6]

Its major features include two large parallel runways that are each approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) long. The airport has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency[7] and the Federal Aviation Administration[7] for take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the A380.[7] 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.[8]

Greek Government Debt-crisis Impact and 2014 Recovery

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 Air Lines 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.[9] 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 Air Lines offers seasonal flights to New York-John F. Kennedy. Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat flies during the summer to Toronto and Montreal while American Airlines flies during the spring-autumn season to Philadelphia. Despite seasonal success and increased capacity planned for 2015, Delta 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.

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, including the latest Greek start-up carrier by the Greek diaspora, SkyGreece Airlines. To-date, any plans of Aegean Airlines for long haul services 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 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[10][11] while Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways fly more frequently to/from Athens.[12][13][14] Delta Air Lines and US Airways retained their seasonal schedules to/from USA with even more frequent connectivity already been scheduled for 2015.

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, increased by 19% on year-over-year basis[15] 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.[16] 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.

Terminals

Overview

Check-in-area
Apron overview

The airport currently has two terminals, the main terminal and the satellite terminal accessible by a 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.[17] A second, independent terminal on the north side of the airport had been discussed back in 2007, when the airport had reached a back-in-the-day record of 16.5 million passengers.[citation needed] The sixth and final expansion phase will allow the airport to accommodate an annual traffic of 50 million passengers. 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.[17]

Main Terminal

The main terminal building handles the all intra-Schengen flights, as well as several non-Schengen flights. All of 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.

Satellite Terminal

In 2010 a new above ground link to the midfield satellite terminal was completed. The satellite terminal has two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures.[17] It is also 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. Due to traffic decrease in recent years it is was not used often and its parking stands were used for the long term storage of airliners, specifically two ex-Olympic Airways A340s and a B767 of the terminated Greek start-up carrier SkyGreece Airlines. However, the satellite terminal opened again in May 2015 for Schengen area flights and to accommodate increased traffic; Volotea, Niki and Germanwings are some of the airlines using the terminal.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Airlines Destinations Hall
Aegean Airlines[18] Amman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam (begins 27 May 2016),[19][20] Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin–Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Copenhagen, Corfu (ends 25 March 2016),[19] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Heraklion, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jeddah (begins 28 March 2016),[21][22] Kiev–Boryspil (begins 28 March 2016),[23][24] Kiev–Zhulyany (ends 26 March 2016),[23][24] Larnaca, London–Heathrow, Madrid, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Mykonos, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rhodes, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Santorini, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Yerevan, Zürich
Seasonal: Birmingham, Bordeaux, Dublin (begins 20 June 2016),[25][26] Dubrovnik (begins 2 July 2016),[27] Hanover, Helsinki, Kraków (begins 21 June 2016),[28] Lille (begins 14 April 2016),[29] Lisbon (begins 13 June 2016),[30] Ljubljana (begins 15 June 2016),[31][32] London–Gatwick, Luxembourg City (begins 19 May 2016), Lyon-Saint Exupery, Manchester, Marseille, Nantes, Nice (begins 17 May 2016),[33] Oslo, Palma de Mallorca (begins 6 July 2016),[34] Paphos, Pisa, Riga (begins 25 June 2016),[19] Saint Petersburg, Strasbourg, Tallinn, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Katowice, Poznań, Rovaniemi
A/4, B/4
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Corfu (ends 26 March 2016),[19] Izmir, Skyros, Sofia, Tirana
Seasonal: Alexandria–Borg El Arab, Bari (begins 29 June 2016), Catania, Dubrovnik, Malta, Naples (begins 29 May 2016),[35] Split (begins 16 June 2016)[32][36]
A/4, B/4
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin A/1
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo A/2
Air Alsie Seasonal charter: Billund Unknown
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest Unknown
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 Leisure Charter: Cairo Unknown
Air Malta Malta B/1
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Toulouse[37] A/2
Air Moldova Chișinău A/1
Air Serbia Belgrade A/1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson A/1
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga B/1
AirExplore Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Dresden, Prague Unknown
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Milan–Linate[38]
B/2
American Airlines Seasonal: Philadelphia A/1
Astra Airlines Chios, Kastoria, Kozani, Mytilene, Samos, Sitia B/1
Austrian Airlines Vienna B/3
Belavia Charter: Minsk[39] Unknown
Blue Air Larnaca
Seasonal: Constanța (begins 4 June 2016),[40] Turin (begins 4 June 2016)[40]
A/3
British Airways London–Heathrow A/1
Brussels Airlines Brussels B/3
Bulgaria Air Sofia A/1
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb A/1
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New York–JFK A/2
easyJet Berlin–Schönefeld, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples[41]
Seasonal: Paris–Orly
A/1, B/1
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva B/1
EgyptAir Cairo A/3
EgyptAir
operated by EgyptAir Express
Alexandria–Borg El Arab, Cairo A/3
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion A/1
Ellinair Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo, Mykonos, Santorini
Seasonal charter: Corfu (begins 30 May 2016),[42] Kiev–Boryspil (begins 30 April 2016),[42]
A/1
Emirates Dubai–International, Larnaca (begins 1 March 2016)[43] A/1
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Catania Unknown
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[12] A/1
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse Unknown
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[44] B/4
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf,[45] Stuttgart B/1
Gulf Air Bahrain[46] A/1
Iberia Madrid B/1
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid B/1
Israir Airlines Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion[47] A/1
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Stockholm–Arlanda Unknown
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels B/1
KLM Amsterdam B/2
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon A/1
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin (resumes 2 March 2016) TBA
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich B/4
Mahan Air Seasonal: Tehran–Imam Khomeini A/1
Meridiana
operated by Air Italy
Seasonal: Naples B/4
Middle East Airlines Beirut A/1
Mistral Air Seasonal charter: Bari, Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa Unknown
NordStar Seasonal charter: Norilsk Unknown
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda B/1
Olympic Air[19] Alexandroupoli, Astypalaia, Cephalonia, Chios, Corfu (begins 28 March 2016),[19] Ikaria, Ioannina, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kavala, Kos, Kythira, Leros, Milos, Mytilene, Naxos, Lemnos, Paros, Samos, Skiathos, Syros, Zakynthos[48]
Seasonal: Preveza (begins 1 May 2016)
B/4
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines[19]
Alexandroupoli, Chania, Corfu (begins 27 March 2016),[19] Mytilene
Seasonal: Kos
B/4
Orenair Seasonal charter: Kazan, Yekaterinburg Unknown
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen A/1
Qatar Airways Doha A/1
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia A/1
Ryanair Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna (begins 30 March 2016), Bratislava, Bucharest (begins 27 March 2016), Budapest, Chania, Charleroi, Corfu (begins 30 March 2016), Dublin (begins 18 March 2016),[49] London–Stansted, Malta (begins 31 March 2016), Mykonos (begins 30 March 2016), Paphos, Rhodes, Rome–Ciampino, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Warsaw–Modlin[50] A/1, B/1
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo A/2
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo
B/4
Singapore Airlines Seasonal: Singapore A/3
Sky Express Heraklion B/1
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań Unknown
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich B/1
TAROM Bucharest A/2
Titan Airways Seasonal charter: Manchester Unknown
Transavia Amsterdam
Seasonal: Eindhoven
B/3
Transavia France Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Lyon, Nantes
B/3
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Budapest, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Tivat Unknown
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk A/3
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil A/3
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark (resumes 26 May 2016)[24][51] A/1
Ural Airlines Krasnodar A/3
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Mykonos (begins 27 May 2016), Mytilene (begins 27 May 2016), Palermo, Santorini, Venice[52] B/1
Vueling Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bilbao
B/1

Cargo

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

Statistics

Athens International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Greece. By the end of 2015, it was the 30th busiest airport in Europe handling a total traffic of approximately 18.1 million passengers.[2]

Annual traffic statistics

Countries served by ATH
Map pf Europe
Map of Greece
Passenger, aircraft movement and cargo statistics at "El. Venizelos" airport: 2002-2015[2]
Year Passenger
annual traffic
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 18,086,894 19.0 Increase (Oct.) 65,497,385 2.3 Increase 176,156 14.0 Increase
  Passengers traffic 2002 - 2015 (x1000)
  Aircraft movements 2002 - 2015 (x10)
  Cargo handled 2002 - 2014 (tonnes)

2015 traffic statistics

Monthly traffic for passengers and aircraft movements[2][53]
Month Passenger
traffic
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 1,099,428 24.5 Increase 11,271 18.6 Increase
April 1,455,926 21.1 Increase 14,389 17.6 Increase
May 1,653,428 22.3 Increase 15,870 16.8 Increase
June 1,882,093 21.9 Increase 18,009 18.2 Increase
July 2,139,127 20.5 Increase 20,252 15.7 Increase
August 2,150,265 19.3 Increase 20,344 14.2 Increase
September 1,858,739 14.7 Increase 17,152 11.1 Increase
October 1,578,118 10.2 Increase 15,012 6.7 Increase
November 1,205,083 15.9 Increase 11,607 9.0 Increase
December 1,182,794 11.8 Increase 11,832 8.2 Increase
Total 18,086,894 19.0 Increase 176,156 14.0 Increase

Busiest passenger routes by country

The table below shows passenger totals at Athens International Airport by country destination during 2014.[54]

Passenger traffic per country destination
Rank Country destination Passengers Change %
1 Domestic Flag of Greece.svg 5,267,593 22.5 Increase
2 Germany Flag of Germany.svg 1,187,290 11.7 Increase
3 United Kingdom 20px 1,108,239 20.1 Increase
4 Italy Flag of Italy.svg 1,089,034 28.8 Increase
5 France Flag of France.svg 854,640 16.7 Increase
6 Cyprus Flag of Cyprus.svg 723,434 24.7 Increase
7 Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg 683,332 23.2 Increase
8 Switzerland Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg 586,219 20.3 Increase
9 UAE 20px 373.103 28.3 Increase
10 Spain Flag of Spain.svg 295,875 0.3 Increase
11 Netherlands 20px 295,717 26.7 Increase
12 Belgium Flag of Belgium.svg 275,880 34,2 Increase
13 Russia Flag of Russia.svg 244,461 14.4 Increase
14 Qatar Flag of Qatar.svg 221,401 16.5 Increase
15 Austria Flag of Austria.svg 181,517 2.9 Increase
16 Denmark Flag of Denmark.svg 164,018 31,9 Increase
17 Israel Flag of Israel.svg 162,018 12.1 Increase
18 United States 20px 155,923 21.9 Increase
19 Serbia Flag of Serbia.svg 134,234 109.1 Increase
20 Romania Flag of Romania.svg 126,309 6.0 Increase

Routes

Busiest European routes from Athens Airport[55]
Rank Destination Airport(s) Passengers 2013 Passengers 2014 Top carriers
1 United Kingdom London LHR, LGW, STN 819,339 978,254 Aegean Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair
2 Italy Rome FCO, CIA 549,325 698,265 Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, Ryanair, Vueling
3 France Paris CDG, ORY 608,355 692,104 Aegean Airlines, Air France, easyJet, Transavia France
4 Turkey Istanbul IST, SAW 531,960 654,826 Aegean Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
5 Cyprus Larnaca LCA 579,965 624,642 Aegean Airlines, Blue Air
6 Germany Frankfurt FRA 422,096 420,467 Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa
7 Germany Munich MUC 402,393 417,834 Aegean Airlines, Air China, Lufthansa
8 Switzerland Zurich ZRH 337,315 397,008 Aegean Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines
9 Italy Milan BGY, MXP, LIN 249,092 328,175 Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, easyJet, Ryanair
10 Belgium Brussels BRU, CRL 204,943 275,740 Aegean Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Ryanair
Busiest Intercontinental routes from Athens Airport[55]
Rank Destination Airport(s) Passengers 2013 Passengers 2014 Top carriers
1 United Arab Emirates Dubai DXB 192,739 232,889 Emirates
2 Qatar Doha DOH 190,044 221,401 Qatar Airways
3 Israel Tel Aviv TLV 141,573 159,554 Aegean Airlines, El Al, Israir
4 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi AUH 98,146 140,214 Etihad Airways
5 Egypt Cairo CAI 88,699 93,842 Aegean Airlines, Egypt Air
6 United States New York City JFK 77,201 90,551 Delta Air Lines
7 Canada Toronto YYZ 51,194 69,567 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat
8 United States Philadelphia PHL 50,755 65,372 US Airways
9 Lebanon Beirut BEY 40,280 61,297 Aegean Airlines, Middle East Airlines
10 Canada Montréal YUL 35,068 41,126 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat
Busiest Domestic routes from Athens Airport[55]
Rank Destination Airport(s) Passengers 2013 Passengers 2014 Top carriers
1 Greece Thessaloniki SKG 882,611 1,266,519 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair
2 Greece Heraklion HER 620,131 644,106 Aegean Airlines, Minoan Air
3 Greece Santorini JTR 371,432 495,527 Aegean Airlines
4 Greece Rhodes RHO 428,909 487,492 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair
5 Greece Chania CHQ 306,599 459,516 Aegean Airlines, Ryanair
6 Greece Mykonos JMK 214,391 252,522 Aegean Airlines
7 Greece Mytilene MJT 206,203 221,160 Aegean Airlines
8 Greece Corfu CFU 195,146 216,839 Aegean Airlines
9 Greece Kos KGS 149,003 162,574 Aegean Airlines
10 Greece Alexandroupoli AXD 159,483 155,543 Aegean Airlines

Ground transport

Railway and Metro

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.[56]

Road

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.[57] Long-term parking is located across the airport's main access road (Attiki Odos) with 5,802 parking spaces in lot P3.[58] 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.[59]

Taxi

Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located by exit 3 of the arrivals level.[60] Limousine service is also available upon request by the inner curbside of the arrivals level between exits 3 and 4.[60]

Bus

Four bus lines (X93, X95, X96, X97)[61] connect directly to the Athens greater area, the intercity bus stations (KTEL Kifissos Bus Terminal and Liosion bus terminal) and Piraeus.[62] Buses disembark passengers at the departures level and depart from the arrivals level between exits 4 and 5.[62] Regional bus services by KTEL Express operate to the airport, currently connecting the airport to Rafina, Markopoulo, Lavrio, Kalyvia and Keratea.[62]

Other facilities

  • The Greek fast food company Goody's S.A. has its head office in Building 14B.[67]

Accidents and incidents

  • 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

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[55] 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[55] 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".[68] 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".[68] 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.[69] 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.[70] 2002
"Commitment to Business Excellence" award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.).[71] 2002
"Recognised for Excellence" Award of the European Foundation for Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.).[72] 2003
Eagle Award of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[73] 2003
Second place in Europe for "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" regardless of airport size. "Global Airport Monitor" by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[74] 2003
Second place in the world for "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" regardless of airport size. "Global Airport Monitor" by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[74] 2003
KPMG "Award for Human Resources Training and Development".[75] 2003
European Airport of the Year 2004 by the British Institute of Transport Management (ITM).[76] 2004
Second place in the world (airport size category 5 -15 million per annum), in the "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" category. AETRA Awards.[77] 2004
Third place in Europe regardless of airport size category, in the "Overall Passenger Satisfaction" category. AETRA Awards.[77] 2004
"Commitment to Excellence" Distinction from the European Foundation Quality Management (E.F.Q.M.).[78] 2004
Airports internal Audit Department was honoured by the Hellenic Institute of Internal Auditors (HIIA) with the "Recognition of Commitment" (ROC).[79] 2004
European Commission’s GreenLight Award.[80] 2004
"Aerospace Industry Awards 2005", in the "Infrastructure & Environment" Award category.[81] 2005
OAG Airport Marketing Award in the category (10 - 25 million passengers).[82] 2005
Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe[83] 2005
Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe[83] 2006
OAG Airport Marketing Award for its airline development programme in the 10-25 million passenger bracket.[84] 2006
Second at ATRS Business Efficiency Excellence Runner-up Award by the Air Transport Society (ATRS).[85] 2006
"Cargo Airline of the Year" in the category of 100 - 500,000 metric tones annually.[86] 2006
OAG Airport Marketing Award.[87] 2007
Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe[83] 2008
OAG Airport Marketing Award.[88] 2008
"Golden Sun" during the 2nd Superbrands award ceremony.[89] 2008
"Travel Services"[89] 2008
"GreenBuilding Award".[90] 2008
Web Award winner. Excellent evaluation of Athens International Airport’s website.[91] 2008
"Webbies – Aviation Web Awards 2008". Bronze award in the "Best Airport Website" category[91] 2008
"Webbies – Aviation Web Awards 2008". Silver award in the category "Best Online Innovation" - 2008[91] 2008
Routes Airport Marketing Awards in the Europe category.[92] 2009
OAG - Routes Airport Marketing Awards Europe.[93] 2009
1st place in the geographical region "Southern Europe - Mediterranean".[93] 2009
The best airport magazine in the world.[94] 2009
First in the Category "Travel & Tourism".[95] 2010
"Air Cargo Excellence Survey" in the category (100,000 - 499,000 tonnes / Europe).[96] 2010
"Airport of the Year 2010".[97] 2010
2nd best airport in airline marketing in the European category.[98] 2010
Winner in the "Mediterranean-Southern Europe" category.[99] 2010
"European Airport of the Year 2011".[100] 2011
Bronze award in the category "Company of the Year-Transportation" at the "Stevie - International Business Awards".[101] 2013
Winner of Routes Airport Marketing Award in the 4 – 20 m. passengers category.[102] 2013
Eco-Innovation Award (Airports Council International - Europe (ACI Europe))[103][104] 2013
"Lovie" award for the airport’s new web page.[105] 2013
"Webit" award for AIA’s Β2Β airline blog.[106] 2013
"Golden Ermis" in the "Digital – Travel" category.[107] 2014
"ΕΒGΕ" graphic design award for the airport’s web page.[108] 2014
"Europe’s Best Airport for 2014″ in the 10–25 million passenger category (Airports Council International - Europe (ACI Europe))[109] 2014
"Airport of the Year" in the 10-30 million-passenger category (Air Transport News)[110] 2015

See also

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  89. 89.0 89.1 "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  90. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  91. 91.0 91.1 91.2 "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
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  95. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  96. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  97. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  98. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  99. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  100. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  101. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  102. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> ""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 (12–14 May) 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."
  103. "Airports Council International - Europe website".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  104. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  105. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "The new aia.gr was awarded for its modern design and its user friendly navigation."
  106. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  107. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  108. "airport official web site".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  109. "ACI EUROPE Best Airport Award winners for 2014 announced".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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."
  110. "Athens International Airport is ΄Airport of the Year΄".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> "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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