In a BBC reportage on Greece’s failure to use its assets, a journalist of the British public service broadcaster used the example of Ellinikon International Airport, now replaced by Eleftherios Venizelos. Ellinikon International Airport is located in a suburb of Athens named Elliniko.
The old Ellinikon Airport, also known as the Athens Airport, as well as the abandoned Olympic Airlines aircraft at the tarmac formed the subject of BBC’s reportage which bore the title, Planes abandoned at Athens ghost airport.
Nigel Cassidy, an established BBC reporter and presenter, reported from Athens, “As Greece struggles to cut public sector jobs and raise cash to meet its bailout payments, the pressure is on to sell more state assets as fast as possible. One of the next targets is the old central Athens airport – a prime piece of real estate that has been sitting idle for over a decade. But the original terminal buildings remain standing and there are even several Olympic jets abandoned on its runway.”
“Athens Airport is the best example of Greece’s sinning inability to make something of its assets. This airport was abandoned at the time of the Olympics, when the airport was moved out of town, and it’s left the site at Athens Airport which is three times the size of Monte Carlo of Monaco,” underlined Cassidy.