The Athens Airport "Eleutherios Venizelos" serves the city of Athens. Its operation commenced in March 2001 and this new airport replaced the national airport of Elliniko, which served Athens for approximately the last 6 decades. The new airport received its name in the honor of the great Cretan politician Eleutherios Venizelos, who was a leader in the revolution in Crete in 1896 against the Ottoman Empire and then ended up as the Prime Minister of Greece. Also, as a Prime Minister, he founded the Ministry of Aviation and he was the first who tried to organize the political aviation in Greece.
In accordance with the standards of IATA, its code is ATH (the same as that for Elliniko) and according to the standards of ICAO is LGAV. The access to the airport can be achieved by vehicles via the Attica odos and by railway (suburban railway, line 3 of the Athens Metro.) There are also express routs of OASA from various locations in Athens and there are also taxis.
In 2008, Athens airport won the distinction of “the golden pillow” by the newspaper “The Age” which is published in Melbourne and within the same year period it was distinguished with an environmental award by the European Committee with the award “Green Building”, and this was due to the fact that it succeeded in cutting down on the energy consumption despite the increase of the passengers.
Last year, the airport of Athens had 16,47 million passengers, although there was later on a slight decrease amounting to 0,4%.
Athens Airport info
Postal address: Athens International Airport Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04, Athens Greece
for the official website please visit: www.aia.gr