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Athens Airport – Details
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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.
Duty-free rules when arriving in Greece
If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits (over 22%), 20L of spirits (under 22%), 90L of wine and 110L of beer.
If you’re arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Greece by travellers over 17 years of age:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (if arriving by other means).
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of spirits up to 22% volume.
• 4L of wine.
• 16 L of beer.
• Gifts up to a value of €430 if arriving by sea or air or €300 if arriving by other means (reduced to €150 for children under 15).
The import of soil (as well as plants) and certain animals is restricted. The import of meat, meat products, milk and milk products from outside the EU is also restricted. Firearms, explosive and drugs are very tightly controlled.
The export of antiquities is prohibited without the express permission of the Archaeological Service in Athens; those who ignore this will be prosecuted.