Eleftherios Venizelos Airport Private Jet Charter Prices
Airport Hours and Location
Athens International Airport is open 24 hours a day. The airport is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of central Athens at Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04, Greece.
Private jets available for charter to and from Athens International Airport include the Citation Bravo and Hawker 400A light jets, the Gulfstream G150 and Learjet 60 midsize jets, and the Legacy 600 and Challenger 604 large jets.
Athens International Airport has two asphalt runways. The longer runway is 13,123 feet (4000 meters) long and 148 feet (45 meters) wide. The elevation of Athens International Airport is 308 feet (94 meters).
The amenities at Athens International Airport include a shopping center with an array of stores and restaurants, an exhibition center, a retail park and business lounges. Private jet flyers at the airport can also get luxury ground transportation services.
Private Jet Charter to and from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos owes its being to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
When Athens was awarded the 2004 Summer Olympics, returning the modern Olympic Games to the place in which they were first held in 1896, the city promised to have a new airport ready to handle the estimated half million extra visitors that would be coming to the games. Many of those extra visitors would be coming on general aviation flights, including those chartering a private jet into Athens International Airport.
The city kept its promise. Athens International Airport opened in 2001, replacing the 60-year-old Ellinikon (also known as Hellinikon) International Airport. The old airport has been repurposed as exhibition centers and other facilities.
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is located about 20 miles southeast of the center of Athens and about 220 miles east of Olympia where the ancient Olympic Games were first held in 776 BC.
What is the airport code for Athens International Airport?
Control Tower at Athens International Airport. Picture Source.
The ICAO code for Athens International Airport is LGAV and its IATA code is ATH. (The airport, officially named the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is often referred to as AIA.)
Who is Eleftherios K. Venizelos?
Athens International Airport Elefthérios Venizélos was named after Eleftherios K. Venizelos, 1864-1936, who became the first prime minister of Crete in 1905 after leading uprisings in 1889 and 1896 to free Crete from the Ottoman Empire.
In 1910, he became the first prime minister of Greece.
Born in a village near Chania, he studied law in Athens before becoming the leader of the Liberal Party in Crete. He is considered the most important politician in Greek history.
FBOs and handlers at Athens International Airport
Signature Flight Support
Signature Athens provides a full range of aviation services for domestic and international travel.
Signature Flight Support at Athens International Airport. Picture Source.
- 24-hour surveillance
- Aircraft cleaning
- Aircraft parking long term
- Belt loader
- Concierge services
- Conference room
- Crew room
- Customs and immigration on-site
- Gift shop
- Helicopter handling
- Limousine service
- Long term vehicle parking
- Passenger lounge
- Secured vehicle parking
- Slot coordination
- Sports charter handling
- VIP/head of state handling
- Wheelchair lift
Universal Aviation at Athens Airport is a dedicated FBO that serves private jet passengers in the General Aviation Terminal. The FBO offers a comfortable lounge and can arrange direct ramp access with prior permission from the airport. Services include:
- Aircraft Cleaning
- Crew cars
- Pilots Lounge
- Quick turn capability
- Toilet service
Goldair Handling offers a full range of passenger, ramp, aircraft and cargo services to VIP and executive aviation business jet flights. Amenities include a luxurious place to lounge for passengers on both Extra- and Intra-Schengen flights.
Goldair Handling has a service team for VIPs that professionally handles all matters surrounding executive flights with discretion. The VIP service team provides passenger and crew with arrival and departure transportation; acts as a liaison with civil aviation authorities; arranges catering and hotel rooms; arranges rentals of limousines, cars, helicopters and yachts; and provides porter services.
Goldair Handling at Athens International Airport. Picture Source.
Other services include:
- Baggage services
- Check-in service
- Crew briefing room
- Disruption handling
- Gate and boarding services
- Reservations and ticketing
- Slot coordination
- Transfer management and escorting
About Athens International Airport
The largest of about 40 airports in Greece took five years and about $2.5 billion dollars to build. It opened in 2001, three years before Athens was to hold the 2004 Olympic Games.
Athens International Airport, which is known locally as Eleftherios Venizelos, has about 65 takeoffs and landings an hour.
The award-winning airport, a favorite of travelers, was designed to be expanded to eventually handle 50 million travelers a year. It can now handle more than 15 million travelers a year.
Athens as a stop or a hop for VIPs
The Greek Islands
Athens International Airport is the perfect starting point for elite private jet travelers who want to go the largest collection of islands in the world, the Greek Islands.
While there are about 6,000 islands located in the Aegean and Ionian seas, only about 220 are inhabited.
They are all beautiful but the island chain considered the playground of millionaires and billionaires is the Cyclades, a group of 56 islands that are located southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea.
Mikonos and Santorini are perhaps the most famous and both have airports that can accommodate rented private jets from ATH.
The crescent-shaped Santorini is actually a small group of five islands – and an active volcano, underneath the sea. But, don’t worry. The last eruption was about 3,600 years ago.
The southernmost island in the Cyclades, Santorini, was formed by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. Its airport is Santorini Thira Airport (JTR).
Mykonos, known for its parties, beautiful beaches and 16th-century windmills, is about 100 miles from Athens and can be reached by private jet in about 30 minutes. Charter jet brokers like Paramount Business jets can arrange for you to rent a private jet from ATH to the Mykonos Airport (JMK).
Mykonos was a virtually unknown paradise until 1961, when First Lady Jackie Kennedy visited and put it on the map. Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Marlon Brando followed, starting off the wave of wealthy movie stars that vacation on the island.
And, its popularity keeps on growing. The ultra-rich A-listers who used to go to islands like Ibiza and Saint Tropez to party now go to Mykonos. Those lucky enough to have a yacht docked in Mykonos – such as Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana – can party on the island all night and sleep on the boat all day.
If you want to go celebrity-hunting, visit during July and August. That’s when the 33 square mile island gets packed with elite travelers staying in expensive hotels, shopping in hip boutiques, eating in swanky restaurants or hanging out on the beautiful white sand beaches.
Among the other islands in the Cyclades that have small airports are Astypalaia (JTY), Milos (MLO), Naxos (JNX), Paros (PAS), and Syros (JSY). It’s easy to rent a private jet at Athens International Airport to get to any of these islands and many others that have a place to land but no real airport.
Athens Boat Show
This annual international event that features something for everyone who loves the water, from surfers to owners of mega-yachts, takes place every November in the Olympic Fencing Center.
The Athens Boat Show is for everyone who loves marine recreation and tourism, professionally or just for their own enjoyment.
The Athens Boat Show is the top annual maritime event in Greece, attracting thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world.
Ouzo and art
Lesvos, the third largest of the Greek Islands after Crete and Evia, is known as the ouzo capital of Greece.
The anise-flavored liqueur ouzo is the national drink of Greece and most ouzo is made in a Plomari, a seaside town on the island of Lesvos, which is also called Lesbos.
And, there is a surprise on the island (not brought on by the effects of drinking too much ouzo) – the Teriade Museum, which is located in an olive grove, and has in its collection works by Chagall, Matisse, Miro and Picasso. Stratis Eleftheriadis, an artist that was born in Lesvos, donated the collection to the museum.
Here’s a tip for visitors: if you are looking for something to eat with your ouzo, try the local salted sardines and Ladotyri cheese, a delicious cheese preserved in olive oil.
FBOs at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, LGAV, ATH
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?
Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?
Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?
The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?
No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?
Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?
As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?
There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
Can I fly with large sums of cash?
Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
Which private jets come with flight attendants?
In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?
Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?
Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?
Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
What is a carbon-neutral flight?
Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?
Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?
Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?
Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
Can I access my luggage while in flight?
On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?
A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?
Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?
Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.