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Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών «Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος», Diethnís Aeroliménas Athinón “Elefthérios Venizélos”) (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV), commonly initialized as “AIA”, began operation on 28 March 2001 and is the primary international airport that serves the city of Athens and the region of Attica. It is Greece’s busiest airport and it serves as the hub and main base of Aegean Airlines as well as other Greek airlines.
Athens Airport – Details
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Airport Name: ATH – Eleftherios Venizelos Intl, Athens, Greece – LGAV
Airport little Name: Eleftherios Venizelos Intl
Airport City: Athens
Airport Country: Greece
Traffic 2017: 14471827
UTC offset: 2
About Athens Airport
The airport is currently in Group 2 of Airports Council International (10–25 million) and as of 2016, Athens International is the 27th busiest airport in Europe.
AIA is located between the towns of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa, about 20 km (12 mi) to the east of central Athens (30 km (19 mi) by road, due to intervening hills). The airport is named after Elefthérios Venizélos, the prominent Cretan political figure and Prime Minister of Greece, who made a significant contribution to the development of Greek aviation and the Hellenic Air Force in the 1930s.
As to-date, ownership is divided between the Hellenic Republic (Greek State) and Private Sector in a 55%-45% stake following a PPP scheme for the airport company. Currently, private investors include the Copelouzos Group (5%) and PSP Investments of Canada (40%), following purchase of Hochtief’s shares.
For the January-October period of 2017 the airport has shown traffic increase of 8.8% to a total of 18.86 million passengers. Assuming current traffic levels will hold, it is feasible for the airport of Athens to achieve a total passenger traffic close to 22 million by the end of 2017.