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The Athens International Airport

Submitted by anastasiaargitis on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 18:06.

The Athens International Airport, which is also known as "Elefthérios Venizélos" (famous Greek politician) began operation on 29 March 2001. It is the airport that serves the city of Athens and the region of Attica. The airport is the major hub and base for Olympic Air, as well as Aegean Airlines. The airport serves more than 16 million travellers annually.

The Airport up till now

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. The 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.[5] Once completed, the complex will be used as a Schengen facility.[5] 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.[5] 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 Agency[4] and the Federal Aviation Administration[4] 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.

Airlines and their Destinations

  • Adria Airways: Ljubljana
  • Aegean Airlines:
    1. Alexandroupolis,
    2. Barcelona,
    3. Belgrade,
    4. Berlin-Tegel,
    5. Brussels,
    6. Bucharest-Henri Coandă,
    7. Cairo,
    8. Chania,
    9. Chios,
    10. Corfu,
    11. Düsseldorf,
    12. Frankfurt,
    13. Heraklion,
    14. Ioannina,
    15. Istanbul-Atatürk,
    16. Kavala,
    17. Kefalonia,
    18. Kos,
    19. Larnaca,
    20. Lemnos,
    21. London-Heathrow,
    22. Madrid,
    23. Milan-Malpensa,
    24. Munich,
    25. Mykonos,
    26. Mytilene, Paris-Charles de Gaulle,
    27. Rhodes, Rome-Fiumicino,
    28. Samos,
    29. Santorini,
    30. Sofia,
    31. Stuttgart,
    32. Tel Aviv,
    33. Thessaloniki
    34. Tirana,
    35. Venice-Marco Polo [seasonal],
    36. Vienna
  • Aer Lingus: Dublin [seasonal]
  • Aeroflot: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
  • Aerosvit Airlines: Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa
  • Air Arabia: Sharjah
  • AirBaltic: Riga [seasonal]
  • Air Canada:
    1. Montréal-Trudeau [seasonal; begins 4 June],
    2. Toronto-Pearson [seasonal; begins 5 June] [7]
  • Air Europa:
    1. Barcelona [begins 4 July],
    2. Madrid [begins 4 July]
  • Air France: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Air Malta: Malta
  • Air Méditerranée: Paris-Charles de Gaulle [seasonal]
  • Air Moldova: Chişinău
  • Air One: Naples
  • Air Transat:
    1. Montréal-Trudeau [seasonal],
    2. Toronto-Pearson [seasonal],
    3. Vancouver [seasonal; begins 19 June]
  • Alitalia: Rome-Fiumicino
  • ArGo Airways: Volos
  • Armavia: Yerevan
  • Athens Airways:
    1. Alexandroupolis,
    2. Chania,
    3. Chios,
    4. Corfu,
    5. Heraklion,
    6. Ikaria,
    7. Karpathos,
    8. Kastoria,
    9. Kavala,
    10. Kefalonia,
    11. Kithira,
    12. Mytilene,
    13. Preveza,
    14. Rhodes,
    15. Samos,
    16. Santorini,
    17. Sitia,
    18. Skiathos,
    19. Thessaloniki,
    20. Zakynthos
  • Austrian Airlines: Vienna
  • Austrian operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna [seasonal]: Baboo Geneva, Nice Blue1 Helsinki
  • British Airways: London-Heathrow
  • Brussels Airlines: Brussels
  • Bulgaria Air: Sofia Carpatair Timişoara Cimber Sterling Copenhagen [begins 28 March]
  • City Airline: Gothenburg-Landvetter [begins 24 April]
  • Continental Airlines: Newark [resumes 27 May]
  • Croatia Airlines: Zagreb [seasonal; begins 1 June]
  • Cyprus Airways: Larnaca, Paphos
  • Czech Airlines: Prague
  • Delta Air Lines: Atlanta [seasonal], New York–JFK Donbassaero Donetsk
  • EasyJet: Berlin-Schönefeld, London-Gatwick, London-Luton [ends 27 March], Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino EgyptAir Cairo El Al Tel Aviv Emirates Dubai Estonian Air Tallinn [seasonal; begins 5 July]
  • Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi
  • Georgian Airways: Tbilisi Germanwings Cologne/Bonn [begins 28 March], Stuttgart [begins 30 March]
  • Gulf Air: Bahrain
  • Hellenic Imperial Airways: Casablanca
  • Iberia: Madrid
  • Jat Airways: Belgrade
  • Jetairfly: Brussels [begins 2 April]
  • KLM: Amsterdam
  • Libyan Airlines: Tripoli
  • LOT Polish Airlines: Kraków, Warsaw
  • Lufthansa: Frankfurt, Munich
  • Lufthansa Regional operated by Contact Air: Stuttgart [begins 28 March]
  • Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings: Düsseldorf [begins 28 March]
  • Malév Hungarian Airlines: Budapest
  • Middle East Airlines: Beirut
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle: Copenhagen [begins 29 June], Oslo-Rygge [begins 28 March], Stockholm-Arlanda [begins 28 March], Warsaw [begins 30 March]
  • Olympic Air:
    1. Alexandroupolis,
    2. Alexandria,
    3. Amsterdam,
    4. Astypalaia,
    5. Beirut,
    6. Brussels,
    7. Bucharest-Henri Coandă,
    8. Cairo,
    9. Chania,
    10. Chios,
    11. Corfu,
    12. Heraklion,
    13. Ioannina,
    14. Istanbul-Atatürk,
    15. Kalymnos,
    16. Kasos,
    17. Kastelorizo,
    18. Kavala,
    19. Kefalonia,
    20. Kos,
    21. Larnaca,
    22. Lemnos,
    23. Leros,
    24. London-Gatwick [ends 26 March],
    25. London-Heathrow,
    26. Milan-Malpensa,
    27. Milos,
    28. Mykonos,
    29. Mytilene,
    30. Naxos,
    31. Paphos,
    32. Paris-Charles de Gaulle,
    33. Paros,
    34. Rhodes,
    35. Rome-Fiumicino,
    36. Samos,
    37. Santorini,
    38. Sitia,
    39. Sofia,
    40. Syros,
    41. Thessaloniki,
    42. Tirana,
    43. Vienna,
    44. Zakynthos
  • Pegasus Airlines: Izmir
  • Qatar Airways: Doha
  • Royal Jordanian: Amman
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines: Jeddah [seasonal], Riyadh [seasonal]
  • Scandinavian Airlines: Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda [seasonal]
  • Singapore Airlines: Singapore
  • Sky Express: Sitia, Skyros
  • SunExpress: Izmir
  • Swiss International Air Lines: Geneva, Zürich
  • Syrian Air: Aleppo, Damascus
  • Tafa Air: Friedrichshafen, Tirana
  • TAROM: Bucharest-Henri
  • Coandă Thai Airways International: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
  • Transavia.com: Copenhagen
  • Turkish Airlines: Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir [begins 28 March]
  • Tunisair: Tunis
  • US Airways: Philadelphia [seasonal]
  • Uzbekistan Airways: Tashkent
  • Viking Airlines: Stockholm-Arlanda
  • Viking Hellas: Arbil, Baghdad [begins 1 March], Manchester, Sulaymaniyah [begins 3 March]
  • Vueling Airlines: Barcelona

Region: Attica

Place: athens, attika, Spata

See also

  • The National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum

    The National Gallery was built in 1900 and is the most important institution about the history of Greek and Western european art in our country. In 1954, under the management of Marinos Kaligas, the gallery merged with Alexander Soutsou's legacy and has since been known as, "The National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum". Since the building's completion the institute is situated on the corner of Vasileos Alexandrou and Mihalakopoulou in the heart of Athens.

    Related places: athens,attika

  • Μy Plaka

    Plaka is one of the most and beautiful and picturesque areas of Athens. It is a part of the ancient town bellow the Acropolis. It mainly comprises of narrow streets and old houses. People that visited it in the past may say that it was packed with cheap tavernas and loud night clubs full of drunk tourists, but in recent years it has had a face lift. The restaurants and tavernas are a lot nicer and the clubs are replaced by trendy and cute bars that attract tourists and locals alike. In the day there are many shops, street artists, flower sellers and cafes for fun walks.

    Related places: acropolis,athens,attika,Monastiraki,plaka,Syntagma

  • Athens Museums

    The following list consists of Athens Museums and Archaeological Sites that any visitor of Athens must visit. The Acropolis: * opening hours: Summer 8:00 - 19:30 * opening hours: Winter 8:30 - 15:00 * admission 12 euros The Acropolis Museum: * Closed on Mondays * opening hours: 8:00 - 20:00 * admission 1 euro The Ancient Agora: * opening hours: Summer 08:30 - 19:30 (Mondays 11:00 - 19:30) * opening hours Winter: 8:00 - 15:00 * admission 4 euros Benaki Museum: * closed on Tuesdays

    Related places: acropolis,athens,athina,attika,greece

  • Aegina Nightlife

    Aegina is a popular destination for athenians, looking to spend their weekend in a nearby island. Being only 35 minutes away from Peiraus, it attracts a large number of athenians every weekend. Aegina is mostly considered a family place. There are not that many bars and night clubs, and if you are a party animal you will be better off going to paros, mykonos and other such islands. There however are many taverns and bar/restaurants all over the island, that will accomodate anyone else.

    Related places: aegean sea,Aegina,Argo Saronic Gulf,athens,attiki,greek islands,saronic islands

  • Travel to Aegina

    Aegina is a small island a few miles south of Peiraus. The easiest way to get to aegina is by boat from the port of peiraus. There are daily depertures of Flying Dolphins (hydrofoil ferries) for Aegina. With these very fast ferries, the trip to aegina lasts about 35 minutes. You cannot take your car or motorbike with you though. Use regular ferries if you want to take your car with you. Regular ferries cost less, but the trip lasts about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

    Related places: aegean sea,Aegina,Argo Saronic Gulf,athens,attiki,greek islands

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Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

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