Airports Athens International Airport

Multiple award-winner: Athens International Airport

Athens International Airport is not only the world's first BOOT* project in the airport sector but also a good example of successful public-private partnership. AviAlliance has a stake of just over 40 percent in the Greek capital's airport, with five percent being held by a private investor and 55 percent by the Greek state. In February 2019, the procedure for the extension of the concession for Athens International Airport by 20 years until 2046 was successfully completed.

The airport serving the Greek capital, which commenced operations in 2001, has been the frequent recipient of awards: The most recent award Athens International Airport has won is the prestigious Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award 2022 as the best airport in Europe in the category of airports with 25 to 40 million passengers per year.

In spring 2020, the quality of stay for passengers at Athens International Airport was further enhanced when an expansion of the main terminal building was opened. As well as additional check-in counters and an enlarged area for passport control, numerous stores, a wide range of catering outlets, and new lounges offer passengers even more comfort and convenience.

* BOOT: Build Own Operate Transfer


Athens International Airport S.A
Athens Internation Airport - Shareholders

Key project data

  • Contract for the construction, financing and operation of Athens International Airport
  • Form of privatization: Public-private partnership with BOOT contract, contract concluded in 1996, duration until 2046
  • Shareholders: Greek state (55%), AviAlliance (>40%), Greek investor (<5.0%)
  • Important hub for Southeastern Europe and central point of transfer for travelers to Europe from the Middle East
  • World's first privately financed airport project


Year Passengers
202222.7 million
202112.3 million
20208.1 million
2019 25.6 million
2018 24.1 million

Key financial figures 2022

Revenues EUR 478.1 million
of which Non-Aviation 40 %
EBITDA EUR 329.5 million

Prizes and awards

Athens International Airport has been awarded a considerable number of prestigious prizes.
Here are some examples of the latest awards:

Routes Europe Marketing Awards 2023

Winner in the over 20 million passenger category


Best airport in Europe in the 25 to 40 million passenger category

World Routes Awards 2022

Winner in the category of airports with ten to 17.5 million passengers

ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2021

Winner in the category of 25-40 million passengers

World Routes Marketing Awards 2019

Highly commended in the category of 20-50 million passengers

Routes Europe Marketing Awards 2019

Winner in the over 20 million passenger category

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018

Best Airport in Southern Europe

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