- Athens International Airport
name = Athens International Airport
nativename = Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών
image-width = 100
caption = Logo of Athens Airport
image2-width = 250px
caption2 = Aerial photo of AIA
IATA = ATH
ICAO = LGAV
type = Public
owner = Greek Government
operator = Athens International Airport S.A
elevation-f = 308
elevation-m = 94
coordinates = coord|37|56|11|N|23|56|40|E|type:airport
website = [http://www.aia.gr/ www.aia.gr]
r1-number = 03R/21L
r1-length-f = 13,123
r1-length-m = 4,000
r2-number = 03L/21R
r2-length-f = 12,467
r2-length-m = 3,800
r2-surface = Asphalt
stat-year = 2007
stat1-header = Passengers
stat1-data = 16,538,390
stat2-header = Aircraft operations
stat2-data = 205,294
stat3-header = Cargo
stat3-data = convert|118972376|kg|ton|0|abbr=on
footnotes = Sources: Passengerscite web |url=http://www.aia.gr/UserFiles/File/4/111718_passengers_EN_2007.pdf |title=Athens International Airport: Passenger Traffic Development 2007 |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=Athens International Airport |publisher=] Flights [cite web |url=http://www.aia.gr/UserFiles/File/4/101950_flights_EN_2007.pdf |title=Athens International Airport: Aircraft Movements Development 2007 |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=Athens International Airport |publisher=] Cargo [cite web |url=http://www.aia.gr/UserFiles/File/trafficStatistics/095720_Cargo_Uplift_2007_En.pdf |title=Athens International Airport: Cargo Uplift Development 2007 |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=Athens International Airport |publisher=]
Athens International Airport ( _el. Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών, Diethnís Aeroliménas Athinón) known as "Elefthérios Venizélos", Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος) airport codes|ATH|LGAV, which began operation on
29 March 2001, is the civilian airport that serves the city of Athensand the region of Attica. The airport is the major hub and base for Olympic Airlines, Greece's state-owned airline, as well as for Aegean Airlines. The airport serves more than 16 million travellers annually and was named after the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos. The airport has become increasingly popular as a gateway to Southeast and East Asia, with flights to Bangkok, Singapore, and Beijing, and is the largest European gateway airport to the Middle East, due to its proximity to the region. It is known for its continual investment in pioneering technology. The airport is also A380ready, having been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agencyand the Federal Aviation Administration.cite press release |title=Athens International Airport: Diversion airport for A380 flight |publisher=Athens International Airport |date=2007-10-17 |url=http://www.aia.gr/entry.asp?pageid=741&tablepageid=12&langid=2&entryID=207 |format= |language= |accessdate=2008-02-06 |quote=On the occasion of the delivery of the first Airbus A380 for commercial services, Athens International Airport (AIA) announces that Airbus, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas have identified AIA as an en-route alternate airport for an A380 diversion.]
The airport was opened in 2001 to replace the now-closed Athens (Ellinikon) International Airport. The airport is located between the towns of
Markopoulo, Koropi, Spataand Loutsa, about convert|20|km|mi|0|abbr=on to the east of central Athens (convert|30|km|mi|0|abbr=on 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 in the Cretan rising against the Ottoman occupation of Crete in 1896.
The airport currently has two terminals: the Main Terminal, and the Satellite Terminal accessible by a foot-tunnel from the Main Terminal. It has two runways that are each approximately convert|4|km|mi|0|abbr=on in length. The airport was developed by public-private partnership with Greece holding 55% of the shares. The airport was awarded "European Airport of the Year" in 2004, within the framework of the annual Institute of Transport Management (ITM) Awards, for its innovative entrepreneurial scheme and the airport's successful operation and achievements.
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 allows the airport to accommodate 16 million passengers a year; the sixth phase will allow the airport to accommodate as many as 50 million passengers a year. In 2007, the airport handled 16,538,645 passengers, 9.7% more than in 2006.
It is also an airport that has received approval from the
European Aviation Safety Agencyand the Federal Aviation Administrationfor take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the Airbus A380.
In 2005 and 2006, the Airport was awarded the
Skytraxaward for best airport in Southern Europe.
The airport is accessible by the
Attiki Odostoll highway. The part of the highway which leads directly to the airport is toll free and is accessible through Koropiand Markopoulo Mesogaias. The cost of the toll is €2.70.
Taxis don't have a fixed price to and from the airport. However, there is a standard airport fee (€3.20 to and from the airport), a standard luggage fee (€0.30 per luggage) and the cost of tolls if
Attiki Odosis used. The average price from and to the city centre during the day is €25, and €40 during the night hours (00:00-05:00).
A rail station immediately adjacent to the airport terminal (and accessible by an elevated walkway) was completed in time for the
2004 Olympics. The station is served by line 3 of the Athens Metroand by the Proastiakossuburban train service. The metro ticket costs €6 for 1 person, €10 for 2 persons and €15 for 3 persons. Children pay 50% off the normal ticket. The average travel time from the airport to the city centre is 40 minutes.
Three bus lines are available
24/7at the lower level of the terminal. During early morning hours, they leave and reach the airport every 30 minutes, whereas in the afternoon and evening hours, the frequency is 15 minutes. The bus ticket can be purchased onboard or at the ticket stand next to the station and costs €3.20.
ervices and Facilities
Athens International Airport also boasts many services and facilities for the convenience of all passengers. Services and Facilities include:
*"Children's Creative Entertainment Centre (Free of charge supervised play area)
*"ATM's (Greek Alpha and Emporiki Banks)
*"Currency Exchange Outlets
*"WSW Skycap Services (Baggage Hauling and Porter Service)
*"Secure Bag Protection (Baggage Wrapping Service)
*"Car Rentals (Avis,
Budget Rent a Car, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo Rent A Carand Sixt)
*"Baggage storage service
*"Airport business centre
*"Airport Hotel (Sofitel Athens Airport)
The airport hotel,
Sofitel Athens Airportis located adjacent to the Main Terminal outside the Extra/Intra Schengen Arrivals Hall. The 5-star hotel is complete with 345 rooms, 13 suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 24-hour room service, conference and meeting rooms, indoor swimming pool, indoor sauna and a fitness centre.
*"European Airport of the Year" - 2004
*"Skytrax award for best Airport in Southern Europe" - 2005,2006 and 2008 [cite web |url=http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards-2006/ResultsFull.htm |title=Airport of the Year - Regional Results |accessdate=2007-08-03 |publisher=www.worldairportawards.com |work=Skytrax |date=2006]
*"GreenBuilding Award for its exemplary energy saving figures reflected in the two previous years (2006, 2007)" - 2008 [cite web |url=http://www.aia.gr/entry.asp?pageid=741&tablepageid=12&langid=2&entryId=232 |title=Athens International Airport - “GreenBuilding” Award for saving energy |accessdate=2008-05-14 |publisher=www.aia.gr |work=Athens International Airport |date=May 08, 2008]
Many airline users of Athens International Airport operate luxurious and modern passenger lounges. First and Business Class passengers of the respective airlines and partner alliances can enjoy lounge facilities at the airport. Airline lounges at the airport include:
*"Alitalia 'Donatello' Lounge
*"Goldair Handling CIP Lounge
*"Aegean Airlines CIP Lounge
*"Lufthansa 'Senator' Lounge
*"Olympic Airlines 'Melina Merkouri' Lounge
*"Olympic Airlines 'Aristotelis Onassis' Lounge
*"British Airways 'Terraces' Lounge
*"Swissport 'Executive' Lounge
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.
Athens International Airport has two terminal buildings, the Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal. All check-in desks are located in the Main Terminal, and the Satellite terminal is easily accessible through an underground link complete with moving walkways.
The Main Terminal Building handles the majority of Extra and Intra Schengen flights, it has three separate levels, one for arrivals, one for departures and a food court level complete with a view of the eastern runway.
The Satellite Terminal handles Extra Schengen flights only. It has two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures.
Airport Shopping Centre
For 6 consecutive years, the Shopping Centre of Athens International Airport has been ranked amongst the top Shopping Centres of the finest European Airports.Fact|date=March 2008 Over 50 Greek and International stores, restaurants and cafes dominate the airports' terminals. Some include:
*"Korres Natural Products
*"The Cartoon Store
*"Hellenic Duty Free and Travel Value
*"The Olive Tree
Incidents and accidents
August 14, 2005 Helios Airways Flight 522, a Helios AirwaysBoeing 737-300 registered 5B-DBY crashed en route from Larnaca International Airport, Cyprusto ATH, near Grammatikon, Attica.
Airlines and destinations
**Domestic: (Alexandroupolis, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Limnos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Thessaloniki)
**International: (Bucharest-Otopeni, Cairo, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Larnaca, London-Stansted, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle [begins 12 November] , Rome-Fiumicino, Sofia, Stuttgart, Tirana)
Aer Lingus(Dublin) [seasonal]
Aerosvit Airlines(Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa)
airberlin(Düsseldorf, Munich, Nuremberg)
Air China(Beijing, Dubai [Ends Winter Season] , Paris-Charles de Gaulle [Starts Winter Season] )
Air France(Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
Air One(Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Rome-Fiumicino)
Air Transat(Montreal, Toronto-Pearson)
Continental Airlines(Newark) [seasonal]
Cyprus Airways(Larnaca, Paphos)
Delta Air Lines(Atlanta, New York-JFK)
DonbassAero(Chernovtsy, Donetsk, Lviv)
easyJet(Berlin-Schönefeld, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly)
El Al(Tel Aviv)
Flybaboo(Geneva ,Nice) [begins 26 October]
Futura International Airways(Barcelona) [seasonal]
Hellenic Imperial Airways(Erbil)
Jat Airways(Belgrade, Tripoli)
*KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam)
LOT Polish Airlines(Warsaw)
Malév Hungarian Airlines(Budapest)
Middle East Airlines(Beirut)
Norwegian Air Shuttle(Oslo, Warsaw)
**Domestic: (Alexandroupolis, Astypalaia, Chania, Chios, Corfu/Kerkyra, Heraklion, Ikaria, Ioannina, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kastoria, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kithira, Kos, Kozani, Leros, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Naxos, Paros, Preveza, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Sitia, Skiathos, Skyros, Syros, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos)
**International: (Alexandria, Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest-Otopeni, Cairo, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul-Atatürk, Johannesburg, Kuwait, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Manchester, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Montreal, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Sofia, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Toronto-Pearson, Vienna)
*Rossiya (St. Petersburg)
Saudi Arabian Airlines(Jeddah, Riyadh)
Scandinavian Airlines System(Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda)
SkyEurope(Bratislava, Prague, Vienna)
Sterling Airlines(Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda)
Swiss International Air Lines(Geneva, Zürich)
Syrian Arab Airlines(Damascus)
Thai Airways International(Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)
US Airways(Philadelphia) [seasonal]
Former Airlines and Destinations
Pakistan International Airlines(Karachi,Lahore)
Qantas(Belgrade, Bangkok-Don Mueang, Sydney)
Virgin Atlantic(London Gatwick)
* [http://www.aia.gr/ Athens International Airport - Eleftherios Venizelos Official Site]
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