Athens Eleftherios Venizelos – Airport Information (LGAV)

  • Altitude: 308ft
  • Runways
    • 03L/21R: 34/214o 12467 X 148 ft
    • 03R/21L: 34/214o 13123 X 148 ft

ATC Stations

  • LGAV_APP: 132.975
  • LGAV_D_APP: 121.400
  • LGAV_TWR: 118.625
  • LGAV_GND: 121.800

Arrival Operations
Speed restrictions

MAX 240 KT for Jet ACFT.
MAX 180 KT for Conventional ACFT when entering Athens TMA below FL220.
Speed restrictions can only be altered by ATC. At LGAV usually one runway is used for departures and the other for approaches.
Nevertheless, ATC may proceed to the following use of the runways:

  • One for approaches and both for independent departures
  • One for departures and both for simultaneous approaches

Simultaneous approaches

Instrument or visual approaches are conducted to one runway while independent visual approaches may be conducted simultaneously to the other runway, used mainly for departures, provided that:

  • Weather is CAVOK and it is daytime.
  • The aircraft that is expected to be vectored for visual approach is advised as early as practicable
  • by ATC as follows: “Expect vectoring to establish ILS localizer for independent visual approach to runway (number)”.
  • The pilot accepts it.
  • The pilot should report “visual” and/or “runway (number) in sight” as soon as possible.
  • The pilot maintains own separation with the preceding aircraft on the same or on the adjacent localizer.
  • The pilot is responsible for wake turbulence separation (don’t worry, it is the ATC’s responsibility to issue a wake turbulence warning).
  • Advise ATC immediately if unable to execute the approach. ATC will then help you out of the situation.

Change of landing runway

To avoid a go-around and/or to ensure the maintenance of separation, ATC may offer an aircraft, already established on final, a change of runway for the execution of a visual approach to the adjacent runway, followed with the localizer frequency of that runway.
This offer can take place only during daytime, in VMC, and at least 5 nm of the runway threshold.
The pilot has the right to accept it or not. This change of runway may also take place after a pilot’s request.

Boeing 737 NG landing at Athens ATH/LGAV Rwy 21R
Video from user
tomcataircraft on YouTube


ATC Stations

  • LGAV_DEL: 118.670
  • LGAV_GND: 121.800
  • LGAV_TWR: 118.625
  • LGAV_DEP: 128.950

Takeoff & Departure Operations

Noise Abatement procedures

All aircraft having MTOW more than 5700 kgr departing from all LGAV runways shall climb after takeoff to at least 3000 ft with the speeds, use of power and flaps as described in ICAO Procedures for Air Navigation Services

Intersection takeoffs

Intersection takeoffs may be requested by ATC or by the pilot.
Daytime and visibility more than 5 km are required.
A request for intersection takeoff is: “Request departure from runway (number), intersection (name of intersection)”.
When the intersection is reached, the pilot must say: “Venizelos Tower, (aircraft callsign), at the intersection (name), ready for departure runway (name)”.
It should be noted that due to fuselage length the following aircraft are exempted: B747, B777, B767-400, A340, A330, MD11, IL86, and IL96M.

VMC Departure

VMC Departure RWY 21L: During daytime and VMC up to 5000 ft or above, aircraft departing from 21L that their SID brings them initially to KEA may me asked if they can accept a VMC Departure to KEA.
When accepting a VMC Departure and climb, aircraft will be expected to turn left as soon as practicable.
After departure will maintain VMC and own terrain separation until passing 4000 ft and will climb to 6000ft to KEA to join the assigned SID, except if the ATC clears them otherwise.
Standard separation will be provided between aircraft departing VMC and all other IFR aircraft.
If unable to follow the VMC Departure please advise the ATC.
Note that VMC departures may also be offered to aircraft departing from the other runways as well (03R/L, 21R), provided that it is daytime, VMC, and the aircraft is above 4000 ft or over the sea.
The pilot may also request VMC Departure, but ATC must approve it.

Ground Operations

The departing procedure is, in brief, as follows:

a) The pilot will request startup/ATC clearance from LGAV_DEL. Request for ATC clearance may take place at the earliest 10’ prior to engine startup.
VFR flights must also request startup clearance.

b) LGAV_DEL will, if there is no restriction, approve startup and will issue the ATC clearance, which must be readback in full by the pilot.
LGAV_DEL will then handover the pilot to LGAV_GND for pushback and taxi clearance or for taxi clearance (where pushback is not necessary).

c) The pilot will request pushback/taxi from LGAV_GND, indicating the aircraft parking stand.

d) During pushback procedure, the aircraft is aligned on the taxiway and positioned with the nose gear abeam the lead-in line of its stand.
In order to expedite traffic whenever operational conditions permit, ATC may request from the aircraft to perform extended pushback with the nose gear abeam the lead-in line of an adjacent parking position.
Starting up engines for aircraft requiring pushback is normally commenced when the aircraft is aligned on the taxiway center line.

e) LGAV_GND will give detailed taxi instructions.
Pilots should have a paper/pencil at hand to (possibly) write down the details.
If there is any doubt concerning the taxi procedure, please ask the ATC – it is their “job” to help you!

f) The pilot will follow strictly the taxi instructions, until he reaches the outer taxiway, where he will be requested to contact LGAV_TWR.

g) LGAV_TWR will issue departure clearance and, after departure, the pilot will be requested to contact LGAV_DEP.