Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport “Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Αθηνών Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος” is the international commercial airport of the Greek capital Athens. It is the largest and most important airport in the country and was named after the former Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos, who stood up for aviation in Greece. The airport also serves as a hub for Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.
The airport has a very exceptional route network. It ranges from routes that are so short that they are VFR and not IFR, to long-haul flights to the USA, visits by the Emirates A380 and the Antonov 225. Furthermore, the airport was the largest infrastructure project in Greece’s modern history and the largest international airport project ever to be privately financed. In 2019, the airport broke through the 25 million passenger barrier for the first time.
The airport has a main terminal and a satellite terminal. The main terminal handles schengen but also non schengen flights. The satellite building can be reached by a connection under the ground but is almost always served by bus. Unfortunately, its 10 jetways are not used, as they are not worthwhile at current capacity. Also there are some remote stands in the north and south of the airport. General Aviation is handled entirely in the north, cargo in the south.
Charts are rarely flown in full length. The pre-filled heights at STAR’s are not the recommended heights, but the minimum altitudes. I can recommend deleting them. After departure it often happens that the radar atc gives a direct to the next waypoint after a certain altitude has been passed. Since the departure routes out of Athens are not based on RNAV (GPS) but VOR navigation, they are a bit tricky. Please do not turn immidiately once air born to follow your flight plan except using following method. I have reworked almost all departure routes myself as a custom flight plan with the official charts as a basis. These can be downloaded here and easily inserted into your flight plan.
LGAV - Custom SID
Thanks for asking. This depends on your aircraft type and airline. On the photo you can see different parking sectors, which are explained below.
The red area marks the Aegean maintenance hangar and the general aviation area. Small aircraft can park here.
This area is an area reserved for aircraft such as the ATR family and Dash Q800, which are mostly from Olympic Air or SkyExpress. The parking spaces are particularly limited by wingspan.
The yellow area is structured like the area above, but aircraft such as the B757 and A321 can also park here, no larger. Low cost airlines do not park here.
The main terminal handles all types of flights, especially long-haul and larger aircraft. Low cost airlines are very rarely seen here. Two large aircraft never park next to each other. Premium airlines always park here, with exceptions.
The satellite terminal is very complex. Everything is parked here between an A318 and a B747. On its north side, mainly the low cost airlines park, although there are exceptions here as well. On the south side, low-cost airlines also park, but here the exceptions of the main terminal come into play. Airlines such as Swiss, Lufthansa and Aegean also park here in rare cases.
This area is used by Greek airlines, but also shared with special flights. Thus, a state or military aircraft can also park here. Private aircraft such as B737s and B757s can also be seen here.
Its major features include two parallel runways. Both sides are equipped with an ILS. The airport has received approval for take-offs and landings of the biggest passenger jet worldwide, the A380. Both runways are particularly noticeable as they change from light asphalt to dark in the middle. Due to nearby residents, there are noice abatement procedures. Between 1200Z - 1500Z and 2000Z - 0400Z only runway 03L/21R is used. At all other times, only 03R/21L is used. Furthermore, intersection departures are highly recommended. In addition, each runway departure route has a different suffix which are used in real life.
Both runways are longer than London Heathrow and are comparable to Frankfurt and Munich. Furthermore, they are almost exclusively equipped with speed exits, which makes exiting the runway particularly efficient.
|03R / 21L||4000m / 13123ft||Asphalt|
|03L / 21R||3800m / 12467ft||Asphalt|
Where can I divert?
Very much dependent on your aircraft size, your options are limited. If your aircraft is a B757 or smaller, you can choose almost any international airport nearby. However, if your aircraft is larger, the following airports could handle your aircraft in an emergency.
|LGIR||Iraklio Nikos Kazantzakis|
|LGSA||Chania Ioannis Daskalogiannis|