Athens International Airport also known as "Elefthérios Venizélos", IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV), which began operation
on 29th March 2001, is the only civilian airport that serves the city of Athens.
The airport is the major hub and base for Olympic Airlines, Greece's state-owned airline, and also for Aegean Airlines
and serves more than 15 million travellers annually. It was named after the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos. The airport
is becoming increasingly popular as a gateway to Southeast and East Asia, with flights to Bangkok, Singapore, and Beijing,
and is the largest European gateway airport to the Middle East due to its proximity to the region.
Athens International Airport is located between the towns of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa, about 20km east of Athens
city centre (30km by road, due to intervening hills).
The Main Terminal Building handles the all intra-Schengen flights, as well as several non-Schengen flights. All check-in desks
are located in the Main Terminal. It has three separate levels, one for arrivals, one for departures and a food court level
complete with a view of the eastern runway.
The Satellite Terminal handles non-Schengen flights only. It is easily accessible through an underground link complete with
moving walkways. In 2009, part of the Satellite Terminal was closed and a new above ground link to the midfield satellite
terminal was completed by the end of 2010. The complex is now used as a Schengen facility. It has two levels, one for
arrivals and the other for departures.