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Visit Greece: Charter Flights to Athens Airport

Athens International Airport – or ATH Airport – is the largest in Greece and is located about 25 kilometres from the centre of the capital. The airport is named after former Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos, who made a considerable contribution to the development of Greek aviation and the Hellenic Air Force during his lifetime. ATH Airport serves as a destination not only for scheduled flights, but also for private jets and charter flights to Athens. Book your charter flight now and experience the Greek capital’s rich culture and ancient history.

Touch Down on Olympus: History of Athens Airport

Athens Airport – also known as "Eleftherios Venizelos" – replaced Athens Ellinikon Airport in 2001. Ellinikon Airport had served as the international aviation hub of the Greek capital since 1938, but reached saturation point in the late nineties, despite the construction of a second terminal only a decade before. As early as the 1970s, city planners and aviation authorities had recognised the need for a new airport in the Greek capital and plans were set in motion for the development of Athens Airport. These plans came to fruition when in 2001 Eleftherios Venizelos Airport was opened between the towns of Spata, Koropi, and Loutsa.

In 1995, the construction of the new airport through a public-private partnership was finalised. 55% of the shareholders of the airport are state interests, whilst the remaining 45% are private owners. The largest private investor in Athens Airport was the German firm Hochtief AG. Even under shared ownership, the building is one of the largest privately funded projects to date in Greece. In 2001, Athens International Airport was opened and finally connected to air traffic; at the same time, Ellinikon Airport closed its doors and was removed from flight paths.

Athens Airport Location

Distances from Athens Airport to:

  • Athens city centre: approx. 37 kilometres by car
  • Parthenon: approx. 40 kilometres by car
  • National Archaeological Museum: approx. 36 kilometres by car
  • Olympic Stadium: approx. 29 kilometres by car

Charter Flights to and from Athens Airport

Athens Airport is an ideal starting point for business jets and private aircraft. The airport is superbly equipped and ideally suited to the needs of VIP passengers. If your journey starts with a private jet from Athens, you’ll benefit from a dedicated check-in area for private passengers, accelerated security checks, and first-class customer support. Many international destinations are easily accessible from the Greek capital – the following locations can even be reached in less than three hours:

Flying to the popular island of Mykonos (JMK) in the Aegean Sea takes just 35 minutes on a private jet from Athens. The beautiful Santorini (JTR) one of the southernmost islands of Greece is also less than an hour away. Visitors to the island can expect fantastic beaches and breath-taking mountain landscapes. For those who prefer the northern islands, Corfu (CFU) can be reached in one hour by charter flight from Athens. Aside from domestic flights, Athens (ATH) is an excellent starting point for international flights. Geneva (GVA) can be reached in just three hours from Athens Airport, while Nice (NCE) on the Côte d'Azur is just two and a half hours away.

Passengers that hire a private jet in Athens can benefit from exclusive services. You have the option to check-in discreetly at a dedicated terminal, so there are hardly any waiting times. There are also lounges, working spaces, and conference rooms with excellent facilities for business travellers. Athens Airport also boasts a shopping centre with various high-end retailers, cafes, and restaurants. The following services are offered to passengers that charter flights in Athens:

  • Separate boarding
  • Meeting rooms and business lounges
  • Meeting rooms
  • Limousine transfer
  • Helicopter transfer
  • Aircraft servicing

Almost 90,000 airplanes carrying more than 20 million passengers pass through Athens Airport per year. The airport itself covers over 1,200 hectares, making it the biggest airport in Greece. For business and private jets, Athens Airport is the most important destination in Greece. As there isn’t a ban on night time flights, planes can fly to and from the airport around-the-clock seven days a week, in line with both Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR). The two runways are suited to all common types of aircraft:

Runway Length and width Surface
03R/21L 4,000 m x 45 m Asphalt
03L/21R 3,800 m x 45 m Asphalt

Transfer Options at Athens Airport (ATH)

If you book a charter flight to Athens, you’ll likely want to be able to travel on from the airport. Taxis and car rentals are available at ATH Airport and there is also a limousine service. You can even reach the heart of the Greek capital by hiring a helicopter. A helicopter service allows you to travel to any given hotel or destination within minutes.

Hire a Private Jet to Athens and Experience Greece's Capital

Athens is not only the capital of Greece, but also the country’s largest and most populous city. The city’s historic architecture and vibrant nightlife are equally worth experiencing, attracting numerous visitors every year. Whether it be for business or pleasure, a charter flight to Athens is well worth your while. In the centre, you will find famous ancient buildings and ruins such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Agora, as well as numerous museums.

The Kolonaki neighbourhood promises luxury shopping and fine dining. Various fashion labels have boutiques in this neighbourhood. The National Garden in the heart of Athens is also worth visiting. Away from the city, the suburbs of Athens are also worth a visit during your stay – it is not far to the sea and the Athenian Riviera which boasts beautiful beaches and tranquil spots for swimming.

Book your private jet to Athens now with JetApp! Take advantage of our numerous services and enjoy the Greek capital to the fullest.

Airport Facts

  • Airport code: LGAV / ATH
  • Surface area: 1,244 ha
  • Altitude: 94 m (308 ft.) above MSL
  • Passengers per year: 20,017,530 (2016)
  • Aircraft movements per year: 189,137 (2016)
  • Aircraft types: all common aircraft and weight classes
  • Runway operating hours: 24/7
  • Runways: 2 (4,000 m; 3,800 m)

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