Tuesday March 27, 2001 was a special day for the city of Athens. After six decades the capital of Greece acquired a new International Airport. Relocated from Elliniko areato Spata with modern facilities and a new name the new airport established the new era for the Greek aviation sector. The construction of the new airport has been launched in July 1996 and it was brought to completion just five months before project’s deadline, in September 2000.
On March 28, the first plane landed. It was the Olympic Air flight from Montreal, Canada.
One day later, the 1572 flight of KLM to Amsterdam was the inauguration departure flight from the brand new El. Venizelos International Airport. It’s been more than ten years after those opening flights and the Athens International Airport El. Venizelos continues to receive millions of visitors to Greece each year.
Athens International Airport was named after the Prime Minister of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936), considered one of the greatest prime ministers of modern and contemporary history of Greece, who was also a Minister of Aviation.
The Athens International Airport is located near the town of Spata, 34 km from the city center of Athens and 25 km from the northern suburb of Kifissia (GPS Data 37.93,23.945).
Some intriguing numbers
Αround 15 million passengers arrive and depart from Athens International Airport every year and approximately 17 thousand flights are annually served.
Connection to the city and the suburbs
The connection with the city of Athens and the suburbs is frequent and satisfying. There are several public transportation options apart from taxi service, which prices start from 35 euro for the city centre. You can use the Metro line 3 (Agia Marina – Airport ) and the Suburban Railway.
Buses depart from the Syntagma Square (bus line: X95), Piraeus (bus line: X96), Metro Station Elliniko (bus line: X97), the Central Bus Station of Kifissos (bus line: X93) and the suburb of Kifissia ( bus line: X92). The average duration time of a journey from/ to Athens airport lasts (is) 45-50 minutes. The price for the Metro and Suburban Railway is eight (8) euro and the bus fare is five (5) euro.
Facilities (in, out and around)
The International Airport of Athens has won many awards and distinctions throughout its operation. With the arrival and departure areas you will find restaurants, cafes, shops, beauty services, travel agencies, a post office, car rental agencies, tour organization, ATM, luggage locks and everything you need to make the wait for your flight pleasant and the expectations of your beloved enjoyable.
In a close distance from the airport you will find a large chain stores with furniture, electrical equipment and outlets. Also, just a few kilometers the McArthur Glen mall is situated. This is an entire village with shops, cafes, restaurants and playgrounds. The Attica Zoological Park, with animals from all around the world, is at close distance.
Where to stay in Athens
Enjoying the Athens International Airport facilities? Wondering where to stay? The suburb of Kifissia in the northern part of Athens is known for the beautiful mansions and villas, the excellent climate and the fashionable shops. Fancy restaurants, stylish cafes and bars, considered among the best in Athens are all over the place of Kifissia area. Plus, the roads in Kifissia are never too crowded for a pleasant walk.