Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, commonly called AIA, is Greece's largest international airport. Located approximately 33km from Athens city center, in the Spata area, Athens Airport is the “home” of Aegean Airlines and is listed among the busiest airports in Europe.
Civil Aviation Systems
Athens Airport has state-of-the-art civil aviation systems and facilities, including advanced air traffic control systems, navigation aids, weather monitoring equipment, and runway lighting systems. The airport has two runways and can accommodate various aircraft, from small regional jets to large commercial airliners.
Athens Airport offers passengers a wide range of facilities and services, including numerous shops and restaurants, duty-free shopping, currency exchange, VIP lounges, and car rental services. The airport also has a medical center, a pharmacy, and a post office.
Athens Airport was officially opened in March 2001, replacing the old Athens International Airport, which had served the city since the 1950s. The airport was designed by a group of renowned Greek architects and is considered one of the world's most modern and efficient airports.
Owner and Operator
Athens Airport is owned and operated by a consortium of Greek and foreign companies, including the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, the Copelouzos Group, and Fraport AG. Fraport AG is a German-based company that specializes in managing airports worldwide.
Distance from the Center of Athens
Athens Airport has located approximately 33km from the center of Athens, which can be reached by car, bus, or metro. The journey by car takes approximately 35 minutes, while the metro journey takes around 45 minutes. The bus journey takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic conditions.
The fees for using Athens Airport vary depending on the type of aircraft and the services required. Passengers should check with their airline or travel agent for more information on fees and charges.
Ways to Get to the Airport from the Center of Athens
There are several ways to get to Athens Airport from the center of Athens. The most convenient way is by taxi, which takes approximately 35 minutes and costs around 35-50 euros, depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.
Another option is to take the metro, which departs from the city center and takes around 45 minutes to reach the airport. The cost of the metro ticket is approximately 10 euros.
For those who prefer to drive, several car rental companies are in the center of Athens, offering a range of vehicles for rent. Additionally, several parking options are available at the airport, including short-term and long-term parking.
INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AIRPORT OF ATHENS «EL. VENIZELOS»
SPATA, p.c. 190 19 ATHENS - GREECE
The Airport Police Station (24/7 operation):