Athens Airport Live Departures

Athens Airport Check-In

When it comes to checking in at Athens International Airport, you can either check in online with specific airlines up to 24 hours before your flight, or at your airline’s check-in desk in Athens Airport Departures. Just check the monitors at the entrances to find out which desks belong to your airline. You can also check our Athens Airport Live Departures board above.

Main Terminal

Check-in is located at Departures (Level 1) in the Main Terminal, including for passengers departing from the Satellite Terminal.

When to arrive at Athens Airport?

Athens Airport suggests checking with your airline for the best arrival time. However, standard advice recommends checking in 3 hours before international flights, 2 hours ahead of European flights, and 1.5 hours before domestic flights.

What’s next?

Following check-in and baggage drop, make sure you have your boarding pass so you can head through security to get to the Athens Airport departures lounges.

When it comes to security checks, it’s best to know what you can and can’t take before getting to the airport. Remember to pack all your liquid toiletries in one transparent, resealable plastic bag, place your liquids, laptops or tablets, or other large electrical items in the boxes provided and then walk through the scanner.

The time it takes to clear Athens Airport security depends on the day and time you’re travelling. In usual conditions, Athens Airport security wait times are typically around 10-20 minutes. However, the queues during peak season can extend waiting time to well over an hour. 

*Athens Airport security fast-track services are available through your airline if you’d rather avoid the risk of long waiting times.

What to do in Departures?

Athens International Airport has two terminals; the main terminal and the Satellite terminal. Whilst the Satellite Terminal is smaller, both terminals boast plenty of facilities and services to keep you busy as you wait for your flight. You’ll find a good selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, and Duty-free stores in either terminal, and you can also enjoy access to VIP lounges, and even the Athens Airport Museum!
*Don’t forget that if you’re shopping at Athens Airport Duty-free, you should check the tax-free regulations for the country you’re travelling to.

Frequently Asked Questions

When to arrive at Athens Airport?

The best time to arrive at Athens Airport depends on your flight. Official Athens Airport advice states that international flight passengers should arrive 3 hours before departure,  European flight passengers can check in 2 hours before and domestic flight passengers must be at the airport no less than 1.5 hours ahead of departure.

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