Athens Airport – Venizelos

Athens Airport – Venizelos

Athens Airport, known officially as Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV) and commonly initialized as “AIA”, is located between the towns of Koropi, Markopoulo and Loutsa, 12 miles (30 km) to the east of central Athens, the capital of Greece, by road.

The AIA airport is the Greece’s busiest airport and it serves as the hub and main base of Aegean Airlines and, as well, as other Greek airlines. It is the 30th busiest airport in Europe with more than 18M passengers (2015).

If you are stuck in the Athens airport because of a delay or a missed flight or because it is easier to hang out in the airport than do anything else you will be happy to know that the food at the airport concessions is great and there are plenty of choices of things to eat as well as drink. There is a pizza stand, a Japanese restaurant, a salad bar, McDonalds, a pretty nice Greek restaurant and lots of cafes where you can get tiropitas, coffee, and even imported beer and drinks. Like most modern airports it looks a lot like a mall and you can wander around and buy stuff you may or may not need. There is a small museum upstairs and a few statues and things they discovered when they built the airport.

Terminal information

The airport has two terminals: the Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal and it’s planned to expand the structure to allow the airport to handle 21M passengers per year.


Main Terminal

It has two Halls: Hall A: flights to Non-schengen countries and Non-European countries. Hall B: flights to Intra-schengen countries and domestic services. The Main Terminal has 144 check-in desks and three separate levels: arrivals, departures and a food court level.


Satellite Terminal

It has two levels: arrivals and departures and it can handling annual traffic of 6M passengers. Some of the airlines which uses the terminal are Niki, Volotea and Germanwings.

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