AviAlliance GmbH
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.

The airport serving the Greek capital has been the frequent recipient of awards: In March 2018, at the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards, it was voted “Best Airport in Southern Europe”.

The re-designed Schengen and non-Schengen areas opened in May 2017 heighten the quality-of-stay for passengers even further. Numerous shops and catering outlets provide an attractive offering. In addition, the security controls have been centralized, and among other things this makes for faster passenger handling procedures.

* BOOT: Build Own Operate Transfer

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 2026
  • 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

Reasons for investment

Athens International Airport serves not only the Greek capital but also the whole Attica region, which is the most densely populated and economically strongest region in Greece. The airport functions as an important hub for Southeastern Europe and is the central transfer point for people traveling to Europe from the Middle East. Athens International Airport still has particular significance as the world's first privately financed airport project on the basis of a BOOT concession.

Shareholders

Shareholders Athens International Airport S.A.

  • 55% Greek state
  • >40% AviAlliance
  • <5% Greek investor

Passengers
Year Passengers
2013 12.5 million
2014 15.2 million
2015 18.1 million
2016 20.0 million
2017 21.7 million
Financial Highlights 2017

Revenues EUR 454.9 million
of which Non-Aviation 36%
EBITDA EUR 305.9 million

Prizes and awards

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

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018
Best Airport in Southern Europe

World Routes Marketing Awards 2016
Winner in the category of 4-20 million passengers
Honored with 16 distinctions in twelve years, Athens International Airport is the most frequently commended airport at Routes.

Routes Europe Marketing Awards 2016
Winner in the category of 4-20 million passengers

Routes Europe Marketing Awards 2015
Winner in the category of 4-20 million passengers

World Routes Marketing Awards 2014
Highly commended in the category of 4-20 million passengers

Routes Europe Marketing Awards 2014
Highly commended in the category of 4-20 million passengers

ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2014
Winner in the category of 10-25 million passengers