FNF in Greece - Your Guide

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Hello everyone and welcome to the guide for the Friday Night Flight in Greece. In order to have the best possible experience, I will show you not only the country with all its peculiarities, but also the best routes, the airports and much more. Since there is rarely a lot of traffic with present ATC in Greece, especially on the islands, this is your opportunity to enjoy Greece in all its glory. Buckle up and get ready for one of the most special countries in the world.

About Greece

Greece is a country located in Southeast Europe. Its population is approximately 10.7 million. Athens, the oldest capital in the world, is the largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.
It has the 11th longest coastline in the world, featuring many islands, of which 227 from 3054 are inhabited. 80% of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak. It’s considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and the Olympic Games.


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Greece consists of many islands, which limits the size of airports and also the size of the aircraft. Fraport Greece operates all airports and renovates them to make them suitable for tourism in the future. I will show you the Top 3 airports in Greece that you must see.

Athens Airport – LGAV (HUB)

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is the largest international airport in Greece, serving the city of Athens and region of Attica. It began operation on 28 March 2001 (in time for the 2004 Summer Olympics) and is the main base of Aegean Airlines and Aegean Virtual. As this airport is the HUB of the event, you can expect a lot of traffic. There are two runways and although 03R/21L is closer to the terminal, I can recommend 03L/21R to you. The runways are parallel and are one of the longest in Europe.

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Thessaloniki Airport – LGTS

Thessaloniki, officially Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” is an international airport serving Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. It is located 13 km southeast of the city.

The airport is the second-largest airport in the country after Athens International. It is the main airport of Northern Greece and apart from the city of Thessaloniki it also serves the popular tourist destination of Chalkidiki and the surrounding cities of Central Macedonia. The Athens–Thessaloniki route is the tenth busiest in the EU. Thessaloniki is tried to be covered all the time and as a second hub to ensure a good traffic flow.

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Skiathos Airport - LGSK

Skiathos Alexandros Papadiamantis is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. The runway is characterised as ‘short and narrow’. Because of the uneven terrain on the island of Skiathos, Skiathos Airport was created by reclaiming land from the sea between Skiathos island and the smaller island of Lazareta effectively joining the two islands into one larger island. It is named after Alexandros Papadiamantis, a Greek novelist who happened to be an island local.

The airport’s short runway and its proximity to an adjacent public road have made it a popular destination for planespotters. It is often compared to Princess Juliana International Airport on Saint Maarten since both airports offer the public an ability to legally experience landing approaches and takeoffs at very close range.

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As you may have noticed, the runways near the sea are quite short. So try to keep your weight low, but take enough fuel with you, as smaller airports can quickly become overcrowded. In case of an emergency, it is recommended to find an alternative airport to land


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As already mentioned, the Athens – Thessaloniki route is the most popular in the country, but there are other beautiful routes as well. Here are 8 routes that I can recommend. These are really well thought out and also exist in real life.

Route Airline Flight Time
LGAV – LGTS Thessaloniki Aegean 00:55H
LGAV – LGIR Heraklion Aegean 00:50H
LGAV – LGSK Skiathos Aegean 00:40H
LGTS – LGAV Athens Aegean 00:55H
LGTS – LGRP Rhodes Aegean 01:05H
ENGM Oslo – LGAV SAS / Nowegian 03:55H
EFHK Helsinki – LGAV Aegean / Nowegian 03:45H
KJFK New York – LGAV Delta 11:00H

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Greece belongs to the countries with the most sights in the world. Due to the sights there is a lot of tourism. This has the consequence that in summer the tourism is twice as high as the country has inhabitants. Through the global scenery you can see the most important ones and discover every corner of the country. Here are a few pictures.

Olympus - highest mountain in Greece

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Techniti Limni Polifitou - largest lake

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Corinth Canal - halved greece

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Chalkidiki - three fingers

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You will very likely discover these sights while flying over them. They are all near Athens and Thessaloniki.


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I hope you enjoyed the information and you could take something with you for your next trip. If you have any questions now, don’t hesitate to write me, no matter what kind of question you have.

I wish you all a safe journey, have fun and enjoy your day!

Take care, Georgios
IFATC and Aegean VA staff

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Wow very detailed and done very quickly. Although I am busy tomorrow I will be sure to read this and I am sure many will find it useful. Thanks!

Cign :)

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Will definitely fly over greece …
I know how eager Georgios was to get an FNF in Greece …
Part tomorrow mate 😂🤩🤩🤩
Pls party party or u will miss the fun 😉

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Although I have a road trip tomorrow, I will probably still use this as a resource. Great job!

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Amazing effort and detail!

I should be down in Skiathos with Jet2 tommorow evening for an event we are having:]

I can imagine you have been waiting a while for this FNF haha.



-Kyle

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@Captain_Cign @Gtmkm98 Thank you for the feedback! I’m really exited for this day.

Very good Guide! @Georgios_P

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Awesome guide @Georgios_P, will be looking forward to some short hauls around Greece!

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@Hari @Kyle0705 You can’t imagine how exited I was when I saw the event. Thank you guys for the positive feedback, really appreciate it

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@Jan_W @Aero Thanks! I think there will be many short haul flights. Island hopping is absolutely amazing :)

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Fantastic guide, @Georgios_P! Looking forward to seeing plenty of traffic in Greece, and we at Aegean Virtual are very happy to see the FNF.

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Awesome guide! Will be arriving in from Singapore on a Scoot B787 ;)

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Real nice of you to do this. The photos are awesome aswell!

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Thanks! We really looked forward to this day. 🇬🇷

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@MilkTea Every arrival is welcome, have a good flight!
@United2 Thanks!

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Awesome work! Great to see Greece featured!

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Fantastic thread!!! If only we could have something like this for every FNF ✈️👍

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@Sashaz55 @Cloud-Surfer Thank you so much!

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Don’t forget all the routes flown by Tui from Gatwick etc

There are many routes to Greece. In this thread I don’t want to tell you all routes existing but the ones I already flew and can recommend to you. TUI flys amazing routes too for sure.

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