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Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

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Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, also known as AIA, is Greece’s biggest international airport. It’s situated in Spata, roughly 33 kilometres from the centre of Athens. The airport, which opened in 2001, replaced the old Ellinikon International Airport. It was named after Eleftherios Venizelos, a Greek Prime Minister known for his significant contributions to Greek aviation.

This airport is a crucial hub for tourism, serving as Greece’s main gateway. It handles numerous domestic and international flights. The airport is also home to several cultural attractions. These include the Acropolis Exhibition, a museum displaying artefacts discovered in the vicinity during the airport’s construction, and an exhibition dedicated to Eleftherios Venizelos. The airport regularly hosts various art collections and events.

For those waiting for their next flight during a layover, the airport offers a wide range of shops, services, dining options, and artwork. There’s even an exhibit showcasing archaeological artefacts from the local area.

The airport comprises two terminals: the Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal. The Main Terminal is a three-story building with 144 check-in desks. It manages flights from non-Schengen and non-European countries, as well as domestic and intra-Schengen flights. The Satellite Terminal operates during peak tourist season and handles flights to and from Schengen destinations. An underground passage connects the two terminals, ensuring smooth transfers between them. Signage in the arrivals hall helps passengers easily find various facilities.

Opening hours

The airport’s opening hours typically range from 06:00 to 22:00/23:00, depending on flight schedules.

The Athens airport is a hub for Greek Aegean Airlines and RyanAir.

Airlines operating direct flights from the UK:  Easyjet, Jet2, Aegean Airlines (Manchester), KLM, British Airways, WizzAir (London)

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport Transit

It is an important connecting hub for all domestic flights in Greece with all the facilities you might need during your transfer. Whether you need to exit the transit zone depends on your inbound and outbound flights. See Aegan's official website for more information. Recommended time for transfer within Schengen zone is 45 minutes.

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport Transfer


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