New satellite terminal in the works for Athens International Airport as traffic continues to rise
Athens International Airport (AIA), ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’, aims to have a satellite terminal in operation by the end of the year in a bid to handle an increase in passenger traffic and therefore meet new demand levels. The terminal itself was actually built along with the original construction but has up until now only been used sparsely during peak times of the year.
The airport was constructed with future expansion in mind and the year-on-year increase in passenger numbers and tourism in recent years means that the expansion is now a requirement based on the airport’s Development Contract from 1995. The contract stipulated that once AIA reached the 90% threshold of its annual capacity of 21m passengers for 12 consecutive months it will have to expand its operating installations. That was reached in July last year.
The new satellite terminal will see AIA being able to handle some 26m passengers per year.