Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)

1. Airport Overview

2. History and Background

  • Founding Year: 2001
  • Development Timeline:
    • 2001: Airport opens
    • 2013: Major upgrades and expansions
    • 2017: Renovation of terminals and facilities
  • Significant Events:
    • 2004: Served as the main gateway for the Athens Summer Olympics
    • 2019: Record passenger traffic of over 25 million

3. Facilities and Services

  • Passenger Services:
    • Lounges: Skyserv Lounge, Goldair Handling Lounge, Aegean Business Lounge
    • Wi-Fi: Free unlimited Wi-Fi available throughout the airport
    • Baggage Services: Lost & Found, baggage wrapping, and storage
  • Shopping and Dining:
    • Shops: Duty-free, luxury brands like Gucci, Hermès, and local Greek products
    • Restaurants: McDonald’s, Starbucks, Caffè Nero, and more
  • Transportation:
    • Public Transport: Metro Line 3, suburban rail, buses, taxis
    • Car Rentals: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt
    • Parking: Short-term and long-term parking options, valet parking
    • Shuttles: Hotel shuttles and city shuttles available
  • Accessibility: Services for passengers with reduced mobility, accessible restrooms, dedicated assistance teams

4. Terminals and Layout

  • Terminal Information:
    • Main Terminal: Serves both Schengen and non-Schengen flights, divided into two halls (A for non-Schengen and B for Schengen)
    • Satellite Terminal: Used during peak times and for specific flights
  • Airport Layout MapInteractive Map

5. Flights and Airlines

  • Airlines: Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Ryanair, Emirates, Lufthansa, and many more
  • Destinations: Over 130 destinations worldwide including New York, London, Dubai, and Tokyo
  • Flight StatusReal-time Flight Status

6. Travel Tips and Information

  • Check-In Procedures: Check-in counters open 3 hours before departure; online check-in available
  • Security: Comprehensive security procedures; separate lines for families and business travelers
  • Customs and Immigration: Passport control for non-Schengen flights, customs checks for arriving international passengers

7. Hotels and Accommodation

  • On-Site Hotels:
    • Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel
  • Nearby Hotels:
    • Holiday Inn Athens Attica
    • Athens Airport Lodge
    • Varaba Country House

8. Airport Lounges

  • Lounge Access:
    • Skyserv Lounge: Access with Priority Pass membership, or for a fee
    • Goldair Handling Lounge: Access for certain ticket classes and membership programs
    • Aegean Business Lounge: Access for Aegean Airlines Business Class passengers, Star Alliance Gold members
  • Lounge Amenities: Complimentary food and beverages, Wi-Fi, showers, workstations, relaxation areas

9. Business and Conference Facilities

  • Business Centers: Available in various lounges with workstations and meeting rooms
  • Meeting Rooms: Available at the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel and Holiday Inn Athens Attica

10. Airport Statistics

  • Passenger Traffic: Approximately 25 million passengers annually (pre-COVID)
  • Flight Operations: Over 200,000 flight movements annually
  • Cargo: Handles over 100,000 tons of cargo annually

11. Future Developments

  • Upcoming Projects: Expansion plans including new terminal developments and increased capacity
  • Renovation Plans: Ongoing upgrades to terminal interiors, security, and passenger facilities

12. Traveler Experiences

13. Photo Gallery

  • Images:
    • Exterior view of the terminal complex
    • Interior shots of check-in areas, lounges, and dining options
    • Aircraft on the tarmac

14. Useful Links

15. Contact and Support

  • Customer Support:
  • Feedback: Feedback form available on the official website

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