Athens is the capital of Greece and is connected to major international cities. The Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos was completed in March 2001 to meet the needs of the modern world. It is located 23 miles northeast of the city. It has 157 check-in counters and two runways, each running 2.5 miles. The airport can accommodate nearly 600 flights a day. It has meeting facilities, post office, hotel, courier service, bank, currency exchange, ATM and many shops and restaurants.
There are 5 international airports in Greece. They are located in the main cities of the country, namely Athens, Corfu [Ionia], Heraklion [Crete], Kos [Dodecanese] and Thessaloniki [Halkidi] Near the base area]. There is no direct access to some Greek islands by plane. The best way to get to these islands is to organize a taxi from Athens Airport. Tickets to Greece during the period from June to September and during the holidays are relatively high. Weekend flights are also very expensive. Recently, many charter flights have begun to travel to and from Greece. Most charter flights operate during the summer.
Olympic Airlines is the national airline of Greece. It has daily flights from New York City and Boston to Athens. The flight time from Athens to Los Angeles is 15 hours, and the flight time from Athens to New York is 13 hours; most European airlines connect North American cities with Greece through major European cities. Direct flights also range from major European cities to Macedonia International Airport in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, as well as Kerkira, Grete and Rhodes.
US and Canadian citizens entering Greece have a term of no more than three months and require a valid passport. However, there is no need to obtain a visa. Tourists of different nationalities have different passport and visa requirements and should be checked before travel begins.