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    Business Aviation Flight Operations In Greece

    triangle | By Just Aviation Team

    In recent years, Greece has become increasingly sought-after as a tourism and business destination, thanks to its popular island getaways, exclusive summer resorts, and a growing trend in tourism. For operators intending to conduct general aviation movements in Greece, there are numerous enticing destinations to consider. Fortunately, the process of operating to and within Greece is relatively straightforward, both in terms of planning and day-of-operation logistics. The airports listed below serve as highly efficient operational hubs for both commercial and business aviation within Greece’s aviation infrastructure:


    • Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV)
    • Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport (IATA: SKG, ICAO: LGTS)
    • Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR)
    • Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras” (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP)
    • Corfu International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias” (IATA: CFU, ICAO: LGKR)

    Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV)

    Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH) boasts two terminals, the Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal. The Main Terminal is a hub for both Schengen and non-Schengen flights, along with domestic flights, offering 144 check-in counters and 14 jet bridges. Meanwhile, the Satellite Terminal operates during peak tourist seasons, specifically catering to flights destined for Schengen countries.

    Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport (IATA: SKG, ICAO: LGTS)

    Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport (SKG) features a three-story terminal equipped with 30 check-in stations, 16 departure gates, four security lanes, and six security-check lanes. This airport, serving both domestic and international flights, offers two business lounges for added passenger comfort.

    Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR)

    Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER) stands as the primary gateway to the island of Crete, hosting two terminals – Terminal A for international flights and Terminal B for domestic flights. It holds the distinction of being the second busiest airport in Greece.

    Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras” (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP)

    Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras” (RHO) operates with a single terminal, comprising two buildings interconnected by a corridor. This terminal caters to both arrivals and departures, offering a range of amenities including check-in facilities, baggage services, passenger screening, as well as shops, restaurants, and cafes.

    Corfu International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias” (IATA: CFU, ICAO: LGKR)

    Corfu International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias” (CFU, LGKR) may be smaller in size compared to larger international airports, but it is modern and efficiently managed. Its terminal, divided into two levels, serves domestic and international flights, ensuring smooth passenger flow amidst its well-equipped facilities.

    Navigating Slot Allocation: Guidelines for Operators at Greek International Airports

    To obtain slots at Greek International Airports, operators must follow the guidelines set by the Hellenic Slot Coordination Authority (H.S.C.A.). Here are the key points for requirements:

    • Initial Coordination Parameters: Operators should review the initial coordination parameters and airport operating hours published by H.S.C.A. for the scheduling period.
    • Slot Request Process: A slot request can only be made after obtaining a parking authorization number from the airport. Note that only ad hoc slots can be requested; a series of slots will not be accepted, and operators cannot claim “historical rights”. These “historical rights” in the context of airport slot coordination, refer to a priority rule that allows air carriers to request the same series of slots in the next equivalent scheduling period if they have operated scheduled and programmed non-scheduled air services for at least 80% of the time. These rights are crucial because they enable operators to maintain consistency in their operations from season to season.
    • Compliance with NOTAM: Operators must comply with the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) requirements, such as obtaining an airport slot for flights operating a portion under IFR rules with a VFR arrival.
    • Monitoring and Regulation: H.S.C.A. monitors the proper use of slots allocated to airlines in cooperation with the airports and air navigation authorities. Regulation (EC) No. 541/2009 outlines the slot capacity available for allocation, the allocation procedure, and the monitoring of proper slot use.


    Operators should refer to the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG) published by IATA, which is recognized by many regulatory authorities for the management and allocation of airport capacity. It’s important to stay updated with the latest announcements from H.S.C.A. for any changes in slot distribution, availability, and regulations.

    Navigating Permits for International Operations in Greece: Overflight and Landing Procedures

    When it comes to overflight permits in Greece, operators generally encounter minimal requirements. For private non-revenue flights, permits are typically not obligatory unless certain conditions apply, such as operating under Stage 2 regulations or utilizing temporary documentation. Joint-use civil/military airports may impose additional stipulations. It’s crucial to adhere to European Union regulations, particularly regarding Stage 2 flights or those utilizing temporary documentation. Local coordination is advisable for Prior Permission Required (PPR) and slot allocation at airports, although EU-registered charter aircraft generally do not require landing permits when flying to/from or within Greece. 


    Regarding landing permits for international operations in Greece, EU-registered charter aircraft are exempt from landing permit requirements for flights to/from and within the country. However, non-EU-registered airlines typically need landing permits. Interestingly, non-EU-registered charter business aircraft usually do not require permits. Landing at a joint-use civil/military airport necessitates specific permits. In most cases, private non-revenue flights to Greece do not require landing permits, although local coordination for PPR and slot allocation is necessary, except for EU-registered charter flights, which simplifies the landing permit process. It’s essential to stay informed about the specific requirements of European Union regulations to ensure smooth operations.

    Ground Handling Operations at Greece International Airports

    Athens International Airport, operating under the oversight of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA), is committed to strict adherence to Aircraft Maintenance Licensing (PART 66) regulations. This commitment includes meticulous electronic application submissions, along with the necessary documentation and fees. With an Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate aligned with CAR PART V Chapter 3 (CAR 145), Just Aviation plays a crucial role in maintaining designated products and issuing relevant certificates of release to service in accordance with HCAA standards.


    In collaboration with reputable contractors, Athens International Airport offers comprehensive Ground Support Equipment (GSE) services with Just Aviation. These services not only cater to the needs of disabled and mobility-reduced passengers but also provide amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, charging stations, and access to premium business lounges.


    Just Aviation’s commitment to providing comprehensive ground handling services in Greece, which includes advanced baggage systems and expert aircraft maneuvers, is a cornerstone of their strategy. This includes the provision of Jet A-1 fuel that meets stringent international standards, ensuring optimal operational efficiency. This fuel is fully compliant with AFQRJOS, British DefStan 91-091, ASTM D1655, and NATO F-35 specifications, boasting a flashpoint of 38°C and a freezing point not exceeding -47°C.


    Maintaining similar high standards and services with Just Aviation, Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport and Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport uphold HCAA regulations rigorously. We offer comprehensive GSE support and supply Jet A-1 fuel to sustain the smooth functioning of jet turbine engines, ensuring safe and efficient operations for airlines and their passengers.


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