Athens Airport can also be called Elefthérios Venizélos Airport. The airport opened its doors for the first time on the 29th of March 2001. On average around sixteen million passengers use the airport every year
This airport replaced the old Athens Airport which was called Ellinikon Airport. It is located around thirty kilometres to the East of Athens city centre. The airport was named in honour of the former Greek Prime Minister Elefthérios Venizélos who is a central figure in Greek aviation history.
There are two terminals located at the airport, a Main terminal and a Satellite Terminal (which can be reached through the main terminal). There are two runways. There are plans afoot to further increase the capacity of the airport in the coming years. Almost sixteen and a half million passengers used the airport in 2008.
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There are other travel options available from the airport including a taxi service, rail service and bus service. By train the journey takes around forty five minutes and costs ten euro for a return ticket. Discounts are available for children. The bus takes around half an hour to get into the city with prices for one way tickets at just over three euro.