Athens International Airport - EU co-funded Programmes

AIA’s evolution into a high-performing node within the European Air Traffic Management network

The European Commission has approved co-funding Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA) for the implementation of the “Evolution into a high-performing node within the European Air Traffic Management Network”. It is the first time that a Greek airport is being selected by the EU under the programme of “Connecting Europe Facility – Transport Sector” (Action no 2017-EL-TM-0158-W), which concerns EU's priority for the creation of the “Single European Sky” (SESAR).

The objective of this grant is to enable Athens Airport to develop and implement new and advanced concepts for airport operations, airport resources management and information sharing in order to enhance its operational efficiency in the serving of the traffic and make optimum use of the available capacity on ground and in the air. Operational information from all collaborating parties will be integrated and made available to all stakeholders in real time as well as ex post (in reports), while new functionalities will be implemented, in line with the emerging airport needs and the latest international airports trends and best practices, thus addressing the increasing operational and quality standards of AIA.

The Programme will be implemented through six interrelated projects extending over a five-year  period (2019-2023). Expected benefits for passengers, AIA, the airport community, the Mesogaia region and the Hellenic economy include reductions of flight delays, taxi-out time savings, reduction of the environmental footprint (fuel consumption and reduction of CO2 emissions), increased operational predictability and improved overall passenger experience. Furthermore, the implementation of this programme will contribute to enhanced overall efficiency/performance of the European Air Traffic Management Network.

Co-financed by the Connecting Europe
Facility of the European Union


EU co-funded R&D

AIA actively participates in the Transforming Transport EU project since its official start in January 2017. The project will present in a realistic, measurable, and replicable way transformations that Big Data will bring to the transportation and logistics markets.
AIA holds a key role in the “Efficient Air Transport” pilot, which aims to optimise the Operations Management. Utilising Big Data technology will identify passengers’ behavioural patterns, and help predict the time of passengers’ arrival and the way through which they will cross the terminal, thus aiding allocation of required resources in critical areas at all times and reducing operational costs.

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AIA actively participates in the ICARUS EU project since January 2018. ICARUS aims to deliver a novel framework and architecture that leverages data from diverse sources which is primarily or secondarily related to the aviation industry, in order to help companies and organisations whose operations are directly or indirectly linked to aviation gain a deeper insight into features of flights, airports and passengers and improve their operations.

  Sophisticated passenger handling mechanisms
  and personalised services on ground facilities
  will be implemented by AIA.

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AIA participates in the Horizon 2020 CHARIOT project for the promotion of Privacy, Security and Safety of IoT Systems, initiated in January 2018. CHARIOT will advance cutting edge technology by providing a design method and a cognitive computing platform that will support a unified approach to Privacy, Security and Safety (PSS) of IoT Systems. This approach places devices and hardware at the root of trust, in turn contributing to heightened security and integrity of industrial IoT.

AIA’s role is to coordinate all activities towards the implementation of Living Lab 3. LL3 aims at addressing safety of airport Infrastructures, enhancing protection of Athens Airport’s facilities from physical and cyber threats. To achieve this, CHARIOT will enhance the ability of airports to timely detect or even and predict hazardous situations, while at the same time reducing false alarms that disrupt airport operations. 

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AIA joined a consortium of 22 partners in a project entitled STARGATE: SusTainable AiRports, the Green heArT of Europe which commenced November 1st 2021 and will last for five (5) years. The project aims to support the European Green Deal and to reduce carbon emissions from aviation as well as its overall environmental impact. AIA will be able to push its ambitious environmental agenda forward, in particular its efforts to decarbonize its operations in relation to its Route 2025 initiative but also to engage other members of the Airport community towards a more sustainable aviation ecosystem.

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