Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH/LGAV)

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Top 20 European indirect destinations 2016-Routes directly served, but with additional potential to grow (source: MIDT)

Other major reasons to serve this airport

In 2016, the Athens International Airport recorded an all-time high performance, with 20.02 million passengers, surpassing previous year traffic by 1.9 million (+10.7%). Both domestic and international passengers achieved double-digit growth levels of 11.2% and 10.4%, respectively, reaching 7.15 million and 12.87 million. This growth was driven by both the Greek residents’ dynamic growth of 15%, as well as the foreign residents’ robust rise of 8%. With a YTD increase of almost 9%, this trend continues within 2017, which is the fourth consecutive year of substantial traffic and route developments for Athens International Airport.

In specific, in the supply side, the Athens market is characterized by the dynamic expansion of the international route network of the airport’s home based carriers, the successful performance of Greek and foreign visiting carriers coupled with the introduction of additional frequencies and new routes, the increase of low cost carriers operating to our airport and spectacular long – haul development.

Overall, with 12 new routes and almost 300 additional weekly flights, 2017 is highlighted by the expansion of our home based carriers, Aegean and Ryanair, the significant strengthening of AIA’s connectivity with the addition of year-round long-haul routes, New York and Singapore, by Emirates and Scoot respectively, and the addition of frequencies and destinations by our airline partners.


The capital of Greece and main aviation hub in the country. Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, situated on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world, featuring a vast number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Greece’s rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among the most in Europe and the world. Greece’s unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power. It is the largest economy in the Balkans, where it is an important regional investor.

The Port of Piraeus

The largest Greek seaport and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean Sea. Connecting distance from the airport is 50 km and served by metro line, road and public bus service. Port of Piraeus is managed by Cosco and for 2016 managed to exceed 1 mio passengers in cruise home porting. Cosco unveiled plans to boost home porting performance with Chinese tourists and target to exceed 3 mio in a few years.

The Major Competitive Advantages of Athens International Airport

  • Robust & dynamic traffic developments: An all-time high performance with 21.74 million PAX in 2017, mainly driven by the strong growth of the International market +12%
  • Ongoing traffic growth: 2018 is planned to deliver _ 5 new airlines, 2 additional airlines based at Athens, 3 new Countries, 24 new Destinations from Athens ad over 300 additional weekly frequencies on existing routes.
  • Ample capacity : 24hrs unrestricted airport operations
  • Reductions in operating costs effective as of year-end 2016 : in combination with AIA’s incentives they formulate a highly competitive environment
  • Totally balanced supply & demand : win2win for the airlines and the airport
  • Strong O&D and transfer traffic : a sound basis for dynamic & profitable route developments
  • ATHENS : One of the TOP destinations globally


Athens International Airport marketingMarketing and other support

Understanding our business partners’ needs and providing sustainable solutions to business development plans are top priorities for us at AIA. This is why, we respond to your requests for longer lasting and even more generous business development support, by delivering more to you every day. Towards this direction, we review & update frequently our incentive policy, aiming to offer a contemporary, strong & attractive portfolio.

Celebrating the fully renovated Schengen Area, Athens passengers travelling on 28 & 29 September, had a unique chance to enjoy a series of entertaining events, turning their trip into a memorable surprise!

An Integrated Marketing Approach

  • Implementation of airlines’ advertising campaigns at local media and airport’s advertising positions
  • Promotion of Airlines through AIA’s communication channels i.e. website, newsletter, social media
  • Destination Campaign – 4 waves/year
  • Organization of airline inaugural events & promo actions
  • 2board magazine – 4 issues/year
  • Digital campaigns
  • Trade/press/Inaugural events
  • Innovative promotion and advertising
  • Joint Destination Marketing Actions

More specifically we are offering:

  • Globally one of the strongest incentive schemes available comprising discounts up to 100% on airport’s Landing & Parking charges for five (5) years period. One year discounts on Ground Handling infrastructure charges. Hence if you require additional details on our incentive schemes and eligibility, please visit
  • InfoGate, is a mini-site that provides on a 24/7 basis online traffic information per route per airline, market & capacity shares, passenger profile & demographic data, raw data, as well as our tool which allows you to generate your own tailor-made mini survey at our airport and receive results faster than any other survey would let you do that, please visit
  • Auto-Pilot, enables you to calculate with accuracy turnaround costs, rotational discounts & year-round savings from our incentive schemes, please visit
  • Customised analysis, traffic forecasting and route evaluation studies


In line with Athens International Airport risk- sharing strategy and integrated marketing approach, a number of Incentives & Supportive actions are available. The Incentives’ schemes and Marketing Support offered are highly-sophisticated, extremely generous, 5-year schemes, offering discounts both on aircraft – related as well as passenger-related charges.

  • Developmental Incentives (Permanent Schemes), are multiyear (usually 5-year) schemes, consisting of highly substantial discounts on Landing & Parking charges, on GH infrastructure charges and passenger related charge. The main aircraft related Developmental incentives are, New Long Haul Routes, Additional Long Haul Routes, 5th Freedom traffic rights, Growth incentive, New International Destinations, other Additional frequencies, new Seasonal frequencies and Thin routes incentives. The Niche route incentive has a duration of 3 years, it is passenger related and offers a fixed return amount per Departing passenger
  • Targeted Incentives (additional Schemes), announced and published prior to each IATA season and it mainly comprises performance – based / passenger related Incentives (the Targeted Inceptives are:  Low Fares – which is valid only for the winter season, Load Factor and Transfer Incentive)

 Incentives and Marketing Support Applicability Matrix

On top of the above commercial schemes, an integrated Marketing Plan is designed and offered, inclusive of but not limited to, inaugural celebrations, advertisements, promotions, Press & Trade events, Destination Marketing activities & actions, e-media, innovative ways of promotion and advertising, etc. in order to assist Athens operating airlines to increase sales and commercial revenues, via awareness enhancement & stimulation of demand.

athens-europe-catchment-mapCatchment Area

  • Europe’s seventh largest city with a core catchment of up to 6 million people.
  • The city’s position in the heart of the most dynamic world region offers direct access to the Balkans area, South-Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and to the Middle East


  • Athens, established its position as a modern, vibrant business and cultural centre for the region
  • Excellent weather conditions make Athens an ideal year-round leisure destination

Ports: Athens airport is well connected with 3 ports in the area.

  • Piraeus, largest Greek port and one of the top 4 largest ports in the Mediterranean region. Offers passenger services to all main Greek islands
  • Rafina, located at the NorthEast of the region and provides services to central and north Aegean
  • Lavrio, located at the SouthEast of the region and provides services to central and southern Aegean
    • Port of Piraeus is accessible from the Airport by road transport (car, taxi, limousines), Bus, Metro and Suburban rail
    • Rafina & Lavrio ports by road transport or local Bus service picking up at arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite the Airport Hotel (Sofitel)

Transport links & Parking

  • By Car: Airport is mainly accessible by Attiki Road – Ave (motorway E94) running through northern part of the city, connecting to main Greek “artery” Athens to Thessaloniki (motorway E75), extending to the South until main port of Piraeus. Driving distance from Athens city center to Airport, on average, is 40 minutes
  • By Bus: Four public EXPRESS bus routes connecting the airport with the greater area of Athens & Piraeus. Single fare 6.00 euro per/pax
  • By Metro Line 3: The journey with the metro line 3 to the Syntagma sq. lasts 45 min. Single fare 10 euro, return 18 (w/ 48hrs). Departs every half an hour, from 06:30-23:30)
  • By Suburban Rail: The journey from a/p to Athens Central railway station lasts approximately 55 min (with connection). Single fare 10 euro, return 18 (w/ 1 month). Train departs approximately every 15′ min
  • Parking: P1 & P2 short tern parking lots. 1.357 positions. Rate card applies for up to 25 euro for 24 hrs parking. P3 long term parking, 5.800 positions. 13 euro per day. (special rates are applicable throughout the year in electronic reservations performed through the airport’s official website

Special Offer: 3-days Tourist Ticket for Bus, Trolley-Bus, Tram and Metro (included one journey form and to the Airport), 22 euro per passenger.

The combination of air and sea transportation via the port of Piraeus and Athens International Airport.

Athens Airport seanairgy

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Greek ports are strategically located and they are developing to become regional logistics hubs for goods travel from Asia to the European Community. The main port of Greece, Piraeus is a large port with significant capacity both as a container port and as a car terminal. It is also close to the main Mediterranean maritime route (210 nm) and provides access to a large logistics center in Thriassio and a high-speed cargo train route leading into Europe. All this allow Piraeus to serve both as a transshipment center and a gateway port to Europe.

From 2010 on, the Piraeus container port and car terminal started a remarkable recovery path partly due to the arrival of COSCO Pacific as operator of the ‘Pier 2’ facility. Piraeus reappeared in the top 15 European container ports with a total capacity of 3.6 million TEU. Piraeus’ increased capacity and efficiency, its new cargo train connection to Europe and the shorter, more direct access to Asia through established shipping routes has established Piraeus as the premium import point from the manufacturing countries of Asia (China, Japan, Korea, India) to Europe.


The potential for Greece to become a major logistics, distribution and assembly hub for Europe has been recognized by major investors such as Chinese COSCO, which is already heavily invested in the Piraeus port. On January 22, 2015, COSCO inaugurated a new investment of 230 million Euro for the expansion of the ‘Pier 3’ of the port. Also significant is a recent agreement between the Hellenic Rail company TRAINOSE and HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP) for the exclusive transport of HP goods coming through Piraeus to the European markets. Following the same path, in December 2013, HUWAEI established a pilot distribution center in the Port of Piraeus whereas ZTE Corp has recently announced that a logistics center, will be developed in the Port as well.

Competitive Advantages for Air Cargo Development at Athens Strategic Position

  • Strategic location among three continents, gateway to Europe
  • Regional hub for N. Africa, Middle East, Mediterranean and the Balkans
  • Transit point for Sea-Air Cargo (ME via Athens to N.Europe/USA)

Functional Environment

  • 24hr-7-day operation, no slot and night constraints
  • New infrastructure, high standards of safety & security
  • Four front-side cargo terminals of 275,000 tonnes capacity
  • Simplified customs procedures, and new electronic customs services as of January 2011

Dedicated People

  • Airport Cargo Community Committee as a facilitation and development tool
  • Minimum Service Delivery Standards for inbound flows
  • Choice among indented and specialized cargo handlers

Attractive Incentives

Supportive Scheme for New or Additional International Cargo Flight:

  • Year 1 – 50%.
  • Year 2 – 37.5%.
  • Year 3 – 25%.

Development Opportunities

  • Attract new transit flows mainly to the Balkan countries through the development of a road-feeder-service (RFS) network
  • Develop new sea-air cargo flows from the wider Eastern Mediterranean region and create herewith additional demand for main deck capacity to North America
  • Improved quality services for pharmaceutical products through the airport’s IATA CEIV certification expected in early 2018


  • Athens International Airport is located 33 km northeast of central Athens and enjoys a well-established multi-modal access
  • The airport is accessible through a six-lane highway linked to the city centre and the national highway network. Suburban and metro link as well as, an expanded bus transport network
  • Advantageously located between 3 ports with regular daily connections

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • 2 independent parallel runways, separation 1,575 m for independent operation.
  • Runway 1: 4,000m Cat II.
  • Runway 2: 3,800, Cat II.
  • 24hr operation, no capacity constraints (Level 1)
  • 168 T m2 Main Terminal Building, 34 T m2 Satellite Terminal Building
  • 24 Contact Bridges
  • 75 active remote positions
  • 3 Maintenance Hangars
  • 4 Cargo Facilities, 30+ T m2
  • 3 Catering Facilities
  • 24,000 m3 TF and HRS
  • 53km External Fuel Pipeline

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

As regards passenger experience and terminal services, following the completion of a full remodeling of the non-Schengen area in 2016, with the introduction of centralized security, Athens International Airport just completed an even bigger-scale  renovation and redesign project affecting the entirety of the Schengen zone and a large part of the Departures All Users area, in terms of both aesthetics and functionality, aiming at delivering a unique airport experience to both passengers and visitors.   

Vital statistics

Available at:

Online Facts and Figures:
Yearly analysis, corporate publication “AeroStat”:
Survey, E-Book “Our passengers at a glance”:

2017, January to December

  • Passengers: 21.74 million (+8.6%)
  • Domestic traffic: 33,7% (+2,4%)
  • International traffic: 66,3% (+12,0%)
  • Business: 21,6%
  • Leisure: 48,0%
  • Visiting Friends and Relatives: 23,0%

2016, January to December

  • Passengers: 20.02 million (+10.7%)
  • Domestic traffic: 35,7% (+11.2%)
  • International traffic: 64,3% (10.4%)
  • Business: 25.3%
  • Leisure: 44.0%
  • Visiting Friends and Relatives: 24.5%
  • Freight: 88,477,169 tonnes (+9.9%)
  • Largest carrier: Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, home-based carriers


Airport charges

Annual report

Corporate Publications