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Athens International Airport | ATH

Search for flights to the Greek capital of Athens using the search bar above. Continue reading down this page for information on the airport specifications, facilities, airlines that fly there and terminal information.

About Athens International Airport

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, often referred to as Athens Airport or initialised as AIA is the main international airport of Athens. The airport is Greece's largest and busiest airport, and is the 27th busiest airport in Europe serving over 24 million passengers in 2018. The airport serves the region of Attica, which includes the city of Athens.

The airport was built and completed in 2001 to replace the former Athens Allinikon International Airport due to no room for further growth. Despite passenger numbers and flights from the airport being affected by the Greek government-debt crisis, 2014 saw a strong recovery which has continued to increase since.

It is the hub airport got Aegean Airlines, Ellinair, Olympic Air, Ryanair and Sky Express. In addition, it is a focus city for Astra Airlines, Ellinair and Volotea.

Athens International Airport Location

The airport is located around 20km east of Athens, between the towns of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa, as per the map below:


The airport facilities are still relatively new and modern, especially when compared to other airports in Greece. They are simple yet plentiful, with 24-hour restaurants, art installations and even a museum to keep you entertained.

Facilities Include:

Free 45 minutes WiFi

Post Office

Baby changing and feeding facilities

Children's Play Area

Food & Drink options

Grocery Store

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Medical Services and Pharmacy

Mobile Charging


Duty-free shopping


Art in the airport

Permanent Museum

Lounges Include:

Goldair Handling Lounge: Passengers who are flying to Schengen or extra Schengen areas can use this airport. It offers fast lane services through security, meaning passengers can spend more time in the comfortable and luxurious airport lounge. Includes TVs, phones, newspapers, WiFi, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and conference facilities.

Skyserv Melina Merkouri Lounge: This airport lounge includes drinks, children's play area, conference facilities, WiFi, TVs and a great place to wait for your flight. Access via a lounge pass or membership program.

Swissport Lounge: Passengers can relax before their flight in this airport lounge which offers comfortable chairs, complimentary refreshments and free magazines and newspapers. Access via a lounge pass, meaning that anyone can access it without having to be flying a certain class.


Direction Length (m) Length (ft) Surface
03R/21L 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
03L/21R 3,800 12,467 Asphalt


Main Terminal

The main terminal mainly serves flights within the Schengen region, but also some non-Schengen flights. The terminal has 144 check-in desks, 14 jet bridges and 11 conveyor belts for luggage.

Satellite Terminal

The Satellite Terminal is accessible from the Main Terminal via an underground link. This terminal has 10 jet bridges and is used by airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Norwegian, Transavia, Brussels Airlines and Scoot.

Airlines that fly to Athens International Airport

Aegean Airlines Aer Lingus Aeroflot airBaltic
Air Canada Rouge Air China Air Europa Air France
Air Serbia Air Transat Alitalia American Airlines
Arkia ASL Airlines France Astra Airlines Austrian Airlines
Aviolet Blue Air British Airways Brussels Airlines
Bulgaria Air Croatia Airlines Cyprus Airways Delta Air Lines
easyJet easyJet Switzerland EgyptAir El Al
Ellinair Emirates Enter Air Ethiopian Airlines
Etihad Airways Eurowings Finnair Gulf Air
Iberia Iberia Express Israir Airlines KLM
Korean Air Lauda Lufthansa Middle East Airlines
Norwegian Air Shuttle Olympic Air Oman Air Pegasus Airlines
Qatar Airways Royal Air Maroc Royal Jordanian Ryanair
Saudia Scandinavian Airlines Scoot Sky Express
Smartwings Poland Swiss International Air Lines TAROM Transavia
Transavia France TUIfly Belgium Turkish Airlines Ukraine International Airlines
United Airlines Vueling Wizz Air

Top Destinations

Popular Domestic Destinations

Rank City Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia" (SKG) 1,537,097 Aegean, Ellinair, Ryanair
2 Santorini Santorini (Thira) International Airport (JTR) 1,133,994 Aegean, Ellinair, Ryanair, Sky Express, Volotea
3 Heraklion Heraklion International Airport (HER) 1,018,118 Aegean, Ellinair, Sky Express
4 Rhodes Rhodes International Airport (RHO) 624,864 Aegean, Ryanair
5 Chania Chania International Airport (CHQ) 547,210 Aegean, Ryanair
6 Mykonos Mykonos Airport (JMK) 473,612 Aegean, Ellinair, Olympic Air, Ryanair, Sky Express, Volotea
7 Corfu Corfu International Airport (CFU) 327,144 Olympic Air, Ryanair
8 Mytilene Mytilene International Airport (MJT) 269,410 Aegean, Volotea
9 Kos Kos International Airport (KGS) 242,837 Aegean, Olympic Air
10 Alexandroupoli Alexandroupoli Airport (AXD) 207,004 Aegean, Olympic Air

Popular European Destinations

Rank City Airport Passengers Airlines
1 London, UK Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN) 1,264,641 Aegean, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair
2 Larnaca, Cyprus Larnaca International Airport (LCA) 1,099,142 Aegean, Blue Air
3 Rome, Italy Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Ciampino International Airport (CIA) 808,041 Aegean, Alitalia, Ryanair, Vueling
4 Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) 786,072 Aegean, Turkish, Pegasus
5 Paris, France Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY) 777,555 Aegean, Air France, easyJet, Transavia France
6 Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 631,852 Aegean, Lufthansa
7 Milan, Italy Milan Malpensa (MXP), Orio al Serio (BGY) 485,622 Aegean, easyJet, Ryanair
8 Zurich, Switzerland Zurich Airport (ZRH) 478,652 Aegean, Swiss
9 Munich, Germany Munich Airport (MUC) 477,311 Aegean, Air China, Lufthansa
10 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) 473,413 Aegean, KLM, Transavia

Popular Intercontinental Destinations

Rank Destination Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Tel Aviv, Israel Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) 427,083 Aegean, Alitalia, El Al, Israir
2 New York City, USA John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty (EWR) 392,027 Delta, Emirates, United
3 Dubai, UAE Dubai International Airport (DXB) 318,012 Emirates
4 Doha, Qatar Hamad International Airport (DOH) 289,013 Qatar Airways
5 Cairo, Egypt Cairo International Airport (CAI) 236,939 Aegean, EgyptAir
6 Abu Dhabi, UAE Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) 152,937 Etihad
7 Beirut, Lebanon Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) 152,729 Aegean, Middle East Airlines
8 Toronto, Canada Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) 132,629 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat
9 Montréal, Canada Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (YUL) 114,660 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat
10 Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) 91,002 American

How to get to Athens International Airport

By Road

You can access the airport when driving via the Attiki Odos toll highway from Athens. Once closer to the airport, follow street signs to the airport. Once there, there is plenty of parking options for you to use at the airport.

By Public Transport

There are buses which connect the airport to the city of Athens. These are X93, X95, X96 and X97. In addition, there are regional bus services which connect the airport to Rafina, Markopoulo, Lavrio, Kalyvia and Keretea.

The airport is also connected to the metro system via Line 3 (Blue).

By Rental Car

Passengers wishing to hire a car can do so from the number of hire service companies that operate at the airport including Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz.