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Athens Airport Information

Since it opened in 2001 as the replacement airport for Ellinikon, the old international airport, Athens International Airport has become a hub for airline travel throughout southeastern Europe. The new airport is named for Elefthérios Venizélos, a prime minister of Greece associated with the Greek Air Force in the 1930s. The airport is a joint effort between the Greek government and a German company, with the government owning the majority share.

International passengers account for almost two-thirds of the more than 14 million passengers who pass through the airport annually, landing and departing on more than 150,000 planes. A long-term development plan calls for the airport to eventually handle 50 million passengers a year.

The airport is the base of operations for Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, but is used by dozens of other carriers, starting with Aegean, which flies throughout Europe, and ending with Vueling, which flies only to Barcelona. Seven cargo-only airlines, including DHL, FedEx, and UPS, also use Athens International.

The No. 1 destination for all flights is Thessalonica, accounting for almost one million passengers in 2011. London was the top destination for international flights, but 50,000 fewer people went there than to Thessalonica.

The airport has two terminals, Main and Satellite, with passengers using a foot tunnel to get between the terminals. It has two runways, each 2.5 miles long. The Main terminal handles intra-Schengen flights while the Satellite terminal is for non-Schengen flights.

Public transportation to the airport is available around the clock. An airport station connects to suburban rail lines and the Athens Metro, which also connects to the port of Piraeus. Intercity buses carry passengers throughout the greater Athens area, while regional buses serve other destinations around Greece. For those who prefer to drive their own vehicles, the airport provides 7,160 parking spaces; free shuttle buses transport passengers between the parking lot and terminals. Taxi service also is available.

Athens International, the 30th busiest airport in Europe, is internationally recognized for its marketing efforts, winning 11 awards in eight years from the annual Routes Europe Conference in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe category. The airport also was named the European airport of the year in 2004 as well as the second best airport in the world that same year. Other awards include for customer service and the Green Building Award for its energy-saving programs.

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