Athens Eleftherios Venizelos in a nutshell

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Greece's busiest airport is the home base for Aegean Airlines and Ryanair also has a small base here. Athens is served by flights from all major European cities, but there are also several routes from other continents. The dense network of flights throughout Greece means that the airport also serves as an important transfer point.

Athens Airport is officially named 'Eleftherios Venizelos' after the former Greek Prime Minister.

The terminal is 34 km from the centre of Athens.

Athens Airport is an important base for several airlines:

  • Aegean Airlines - an extensive network of routes throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and, in cooperation with Olympic Air, throughout Greece.
  • Sky Express - competes with Aegean Airlines especially on flights to Greek destinations, often offering cheaper tickets
  • Ryanair - offers flights from Athens to European destinations such as Budapest, Bergamo, London, Vienna, Katowice, Krakow, Malta, Rome, Berlin and many more
  • Wizz Air - flies routes to Eastern Europe (e.g. Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia or Katowice), but also to Abu Dhabi
  • Volotea - usually offers the cheapest flights from Athens to Crete and Santorini and also flies to Italy, France and Croatia

Athens is served by all major airlines from Europe and the surrounding area, such as Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, El Al, Iberia and others.

Very cheap long-haul low-cost flights from Athens to Singapore are offered by Scoot, while Delta and United offer other long-haul flights to the USA, and Qatar Airways and Emirates to the East.

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