Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Athens International Airport is Greece’s largest air harbor, serving tens of millions of passengers every year. The geographical location of the air harbor, as well as the fact that this airport is actually the gateway from the countries of the Middle East and North Africa to Europe and vice versa, makes the Athens International Airport very popular.


Athens International Airport was planned to be arranged in the 60s of the last century, however, for several reasons, this air harbor began to be built only in the late 90s of the last century, however, the project was so large that it allowed combining two air harbors at once Greek cities.

The project for the construction of an international airport was completed in just 51 months, which ensured cost savings, and at the same time, made it possible to ensure the highest possible efficiency in organizing passenger and cargo air transportation.

In 2001, Athens International Airport was commissioned, and thanks to the strategic location of this air harbor, it began to rapidly expand its route network.

At the beginning of 2018, Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” was included in the rating of 30 of Europe’s 30 largest air harbors, serving almost 22 million passengers.

Athens Airport has at its disposal two runways:

  • Asphalt runway, 3800 meters long and 45 meters wide;
  • An asphalt runway with a length of 4000 meters and a width of 45 meters.

Due to this fact, Athens International Airport can accept all types of aircraft without exception, including Airbus A380 passenger airliners.

On the territory of the air harbor, there are helipads, which makes it possible to serve rotorcraft.

In 2017, Athens Airport served 189 thousand 137 aircraft, increasing this figure compared to 2016 by 8.7%.


Athens International Airport has a well-developed infrastructure, which is due to the steadily continuing growth of the main performance indicators of this air harbor. At the airport are located:

  • Banks, currency exchange points, ATMs and payment terminals;
  • Shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and eateries;
  • Halls of increased comfort;
  • Conference center;
  • Representative offices of airlines;
  • Ticket offices;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Duty-Free Shops;
  • Post offices and post offices;
  • Room of mother and child;
  • Parking for cars;
  • Taxi rank;
  • Public transport parking;
  • Metro station;
  • Luggage storage rooms, etc.

There is no hotel on the territory of Athens International Airport, however, due to the proximity of the air harbor to the city, there are no problems with the choice of places of temporary stay.

The infrastructure of the air harbor is actively developing, while experts do not exclude that by 2020 a decision may be made on the construction of another passenger terminal.

Basic data

  • Airport Country: Greece
  • The largest airport in Greece.
  • GMT time zone (summer / winter): + 3 / + 2.
  • Latitude geographic 37.94, longitude geographic 23.94.
  • The number of airport terminals: 1.
Graduated from Embry-Riddle Aviation University with a master's degree in aviation science. He began his career as an aviation researcher in local periodicals. Has a pilot license. Now are the author and developer of the Plane Worlds.