Finding suitable flights is an important part of making arrangements for your sailing holiday. Our base on the lovely island of Aegina is easy to reach from Athens International airport and I’ve gathered some information here to help you find the best flights.
About Athens Airport
Athens International airport is called after Eleftherios Venizelos, who was an eminent Greek revolutionary, a prominent statesman, and a charismatic leader in the early 20th century. Venizelos is often called “the maker of modern Greece” and he was an influential figure both within Greece and in European politics in general.
The new airport was built in preparation for the 2004 Olympics and is bright and modern with attractive waiting areas and plenty of facilities. It is about 45 minutes by taxi / 60 minutes by airport bus to either Athens city centre or the port of Piraeus, where you can catch a ferry or hydrofoil to Aegina.
There is a museum and exhibition at the airport and frequently you’ll find art and cultural exhibitions taking place which can be pleasant to visit while you are waiting for your return flight.
The airport website at http://www.athensairport-2001.gr has a facility for checking real-time arrivals and departures and you can also find out about shopping and catering facilities.
There are separate boarding areas for flights to Schengen countries and those outside the Schengen area, including the UK and USA. If you fly directly from or transfer in a Schengen country you will not need to go through passport control when arriving in Athens.
Airlines Operating Flights to Athens
I’ve put the logos of some the airlines most commonly used by our students below. Clicking on the logo will take you to their web page where you’ll find up to date flight details and prices. These are not all the airlines available – to see a full list of every airline with flights into Athens, listed under A – Z, go to the airport website http://www.athensairport-2001.gr and click on Our Airlines.
When we fly we use the edreams flight comparison website to easily check alternative flights. To obtain the most useful information, make sure you eliminate flights you are not interested in, and select:
- language and currency to display
- range of departure and/or arrival times
- to include or exclude low cost airlines
- direct flights only or flights with transfer
- maximum transfer times
You’ll find edreams here – www.edreams.com
To make this post really useful for the future, please add your comments on which airlines you have used to/from Athens. If you know of any other good flight comparison websites please post their URL here as well.
Whoever you choose to fly with we hope you enjoy your flight.