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


AIA's innovation - R&D activities


In January 2023 AIA joined a consortium of 23 partners from 6 different countries (Italy, Greece, Spain, Romania, Belgium, and UK) in a project entitled TrialsNet (TRials Supported by Smart Networks Beyond 5G).

TrialsNet vision is to enable the realization of compelling societal values through the  implementation of 5G and beyond applications, which will be propaedeutic for the transition  towards the next generation of mobile networks. Based on this, TrialsNet will deploy full  large-scale trials to implement a heterogenous and comprehensive set of innovative 6G  applications based on various technologies such as Cobots, Metaverse, massive twinning,  Internet of Senses, and others, covering the three relevant domains of the urban ecosystems  in Europe identified as i) Infrastructure, Transportation, Security & Safety, ii) eHealth &  Emergency, and iii) Culture, Tourism & Entertainment”.

AIA is particularly interested in addressing the challenge to protect and safeguard the lives and the safety of the tens of thousands of passengers using the airport every day but also ensuring their enhanced experience. To this end, the results of the TrialsNet project will provide:

  1. a solution for proactive infrastructure management i.e. real-time virtual representation of the infrastructures through digital twins, live bilateral communication with workers, and alerts in case of failures and security breaches are predicted;
  2. solution for autonomous and optimal operations in APRON through robots, VR, etc. and
  3. service robots for enhanced passengers experience and personalized services throughout their journey.

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PISTIS is a European funded project that aims to develop a reference federated data sharing/trading and monetisation platform for secure, trusted and controlled exchange and usage of proprietary data assets and data-driven intelligence. The project started in January 2023 and will last until June 2026.

The mobility and urban planning demonstrator (Hub #1), which is led by AIA will focus on facilitating data trading and sharing amongst stakeholders of different sectors (aviation, public transports, public administration) which can be considered as key actors of a value chain that can be built around mobility and urban planning data.

In this demonstrator, such actors are already collaborating, however not in the frame of an integrated value chain whose exploitation can lead to significant benefits for all, and generate new revenue streams, both within the value chain, but also with external actors that can consume insights.

More specifically, the demonstrator includes AIA (Athens International Airport), GOLDAIR (Ground Handling Service Provider), OASA (Athens Public Transportation System, including bus and metro lines) and DAEM (City of Athens IT Company), that act as data consumers and/or providers depending on the use case. Data coming from OAG (aviation data marketplace), as well as weather data from UBIMET, that act as data brokers, will be also leveraged.

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Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA)  joined a consortium of 19 organizations from 9 different countries in a project entitled ALBATROS. This Horizon Innovation Action, which started in November 2022, will create a concept for the real-time sharing of safety information with aviation stakeholder in order to improve survivability of passengers, cabin crew, aircraft and infrastructure.  To this, the Consortium takes into account new risks and technologies that may impact current and future aviation operations.

For four years, ALBATROS will consider risks related to new hazards in aviation and new types of aircraft technology. The Consortium will also weigh the impact of climate change on airports, the risks associated with new fuels and energy sources (e.g., electric powertrains and hydrogen-powered aircraft), and cybersecurity incidents. The researches will run parallel with the proposals of decisive solutions to increase overall aviation safety, encompassing passengers, aircraft, and airport infrastructures.

AIA as an airport operator will contribute to the concept actions as well as will provide its critical infrastructure in order the project research outputs to be demonstrated and evaluated.

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Launched in October 2022, EU-CIP is an EU-funded project under Horizon Europe (GA ID: 101073878) which brings together 20 partners under the coordination of Engineering Spa to establish a novel pan European knowledge network for Resilient Infrastructures.

EU-CIP will thus enable policy makers to shape and produce data-driven evidence-based policies, while boosting the innovation capacity of Critical Infrastructures (CI) operators, authorities, and innovators (including SMEs). In this direction, EU-CIP partners have already established the European Cluster for Securing Critical infrastructures (ECSCI), which brings together 31 projects that collaborate in CI Resilience.

EU-CIP will leverage the achievements of the ECSCI cluster to establish an EU-wide knowledge network with advanced analytical and innovation support capabilities.

AIA will contribute to the project’s activities as an air transport operator and authority. In this capacity, it will support information data collection, information analysis and ecosystem building activities.

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AIA joined a consortium of 18 organizations from 7 different countries in a project entitled FORFREIGHT - Flexible, multi-mοdal and Robust FREIGHT Transport.

The primary objective of the project is to optimize the utilization of multimodal freight transport capacity and reduce the average cost of freight transport. To achieve this, the project aims to develop innovative solutions that will enhance the management of airports, ports, inland terminals and other logistics nodes flows, ultimately leading to more efficient freight transport.

Expected benefits:

  • Live Cargo location and status monitoring (temp, humidity,  etc.)
  • Realistic and accurate ETA to all intermediate points
  • Reduction of delivery times through the better coordination of the individual stakeholder systems
  • Decision Support System (DSS) suggestions regarding the needed resources (staff, equipment, vehicles, storage spaces etc.) at all intermediate points

AIA will offer operational expertise and an operational airport environment for the conduction of the real-life trials. AIA will facilitate the provision of the Greek Use Case partners requirements for the development of the project tools and methods and will contribute to the design and implementation of the related validation scenarios. Finally, AIA will evaluate the results of the validation scenarios and attest the outcomes of the project.

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AIA joined a consortium of 22 partners in a project entitled STARGATESusTainable 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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AIA joined a consortium of 40 partners from 11 different countries in a project entitled PRECINCT - Preparedness and Resilience Enforcement for Critical INfrastructure Cascading Cyberphysical Threats and effects with focus on district or regional protection.

PRECINCT project aims to connect EU Critical Infrastructure (CI) stakeholders in a geographical area to a common cyber-physical security management approach which will yield a protected territory for citizens and infrastructures, a ‘PRECINCT’ that can be replicated efficiently for a safer Europe.

AIA will test and evaluate the PRECINCT platform in terms of increasing the resilience of interconnected CIs with the metro and highway connecting the Athens International Airport with metropolitan area of Athens (rail and road network along the Athens Airport / Attiki Odos corridor as well as along the urban rail network).

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AIA actively participates in the BRIDGES H2020 project since its official start in October 2020.

BRIDGES - a hyBRID (physical-diGital) multi-user Extended reality platform as a stimulus for industry uptake of interactive technologieS - project proposes to bring a holistic solution to the market for (remote and co-located) group interaction in room-scale immersive eXtended Reality (XR) environments that blend the physical and virtual space.

The project will carry out extensive and comprehensive studies to validate the proposed solution in realistic operational conditions, focusing and piloting on the areas of industrial training and informal learning/edutainment. The project will validate its outcome with real world settings of major international airports in Germany and Greece for firefighters’ training. AIA will test and demonstrate the concept effectiveness of the pilot for the Rescue & Firefighting Services (RFFS).

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AIA actively participates in the FORESIGHT EU project since its official start in in October 2019. The FORESIGHT project aims to develop a federated cyber-range solution to enhance the preparedness of cybersecurity professionals at all levels and advance their skills towards preventing, detecting, reacting and mitigating sophisticated cyber-attacks. This is achieved by delivering an ecosystem of networked realistic training and simulation platforms that collaboratively bring unique cyber-security aspects from the aviation, smart grid and naval domains.

AIA as a key partner will contribute to the design and implementation of the information security related validation scenarios and will evaluate the tools and methods developed throughout FORESIGHT project.

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AIA actively participates in the 5G-TOURS EU project since its official start in June 2019. The project will deploy full end-to-end trials to bring 5G to real users for thirteen representative use cases.

The project will provide efficient and reliable close-to-commercial services for tourists, citizens and patients in three different types of cities:

  • Rennes, the safe city where e-health use cases will be demonstrated;
  • Turin, the touristic city focused on media and broadcast use cases;
  • Athens, the mobility-efficient city that brings 5G to users in motion as well as to transport-related service providers.

AIA is leading two use cases - airport evacuation use case and video-enhanced ground-based vehicles with live video feeds from Cameras installed on AIA’s Follow-Me Vehicles – and participating in the smart parking management use case.

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AIA joined a consortium of 18 organizations from 10 different countries in a project entitled SATIE - Security of Air Transport Infrastructure of Europe. SATIE aims at improving the cyber & physical security resilience of European airports. SATIE adopts a holistic approach about threat prevention, detection, response and mitigation in airports, while guaranteeing the protection of critical systems, sensitive data and passengers.  

The proposed solution combines an interoperable toolkit that improves cyber-physical correlations, forensics investigations and dynamic impact assessment and has the ability to counteract new, complex cyber-physical threats that airports  are currently facing. Finally, SATIE paves the way to a new generation of Security Operations Centre (SOC) that has been  included in a comprehensive airport security policy. The applicability of the project results to real-life scenarios have been validated through three demonstrations to be held at different corners of Europe (Croatia, Italy and Greece). 

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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 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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