The Athens airport is about 27km (18 miles) to the east of Athens near the town of Markopoulo, and was opened in march 2001 after 5 years of construction costing 2.1 billion Euros. The airport can handle up to 600 take offs and landings a day and replaced the old airport, to the south of Athens, which couldn't handle the amount of traffic coming in and out of the city.
This modern airport was named after Elefterios Venizelos the famous Cretan politician of the 1930's and has flights all over the world, becoming increasingly popular for middle eastern and Asian destinations. The Airport has all the main airline companies and even caters for the budget companies like Easy jet who fly to Athens from a number of destinations through out Europe.
The airport also has a small museum displaying ancient artefacts that were found during the construction of the airport, how many airports in the world can boast that.
The airport can easily be reached from Athens; There is a 24 hour express bus service to and from the main bus station in Athens - the metro line 3 (blue line) goes to the airport - the regional bus services x93, x95, x96, and x97 all go to the airport. - There is also a taxi rank outside the main terminal, it is about a 30 minute drive to the centre of Athens.