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Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

The Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, which began operation in March 2001, is located in the city of Spata and serves the city of Athens in Greece.

It is named for Eleftherios Venizelos, the Cretan Prime Minister, who was prominent in the Cretan rising against the Ottoman occupation of Crete in 1896. It has the IATA Airport Code ATH.

The airport replaced Ellinikon International Airport

The runways are approximately 4 kilometres in length.

Robotic Security

The new airport is equipped with two robotic systems (robots "Hercules" and "Ulysses") capable of handling suspect devices, designed to protect the lives of individuals as well as airport spaces, by safely identifying and removing explosives.

Hercules was donated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the airport. It is a system worth approximately 170,000, manufactured by Soukos Robots ABEE. Hercules is capable of the safe collection and transportation of explosives for disposal. It is equipped with a spherical shaped tank with a diameter of 120 cm, and two robotic folding arms.

Ulysses is a system worth 94,000, donated by Soukos Robots ABEE. This system was manufactured in order to serve as a supplement to Hercules, allowing entrance in difficult access areas such as toilets, buses or aircraft. It is a light but highly efficient robot, equipped with a shock-absorbing system allowing movements on rough surfaces.

The following airlines fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport:

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