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John Travolta Flies His Jet From Athens: “One of My Favorite Take-Offs”

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John Travolta is seen piloting one of his private jets on the runway of the Athens airport. Credit: Instagram/John Travolta

John Travolta revealed in a video uploaded on Instagram that one of his favorite take-offs is from the Athens International Airport.

“This is one of my favorite take-offs from Athens, Greece,” he wrote as he piloted his private jet on the runway at dusk. The video shows the plane accelerating on the tarmac and lifting in the sky above the Greek capital.


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John Travolta visits Greece and Athens regularly

The Hollywood star is among those who often choose the Greek islands as well as Athens for their holidays. Last summer, he had published a video in which he is depicted in front of the Acropolis on his personal account on Instagram.

In March 2022, John Travolta revealed via Instagram that he upped his aeronautical credentials and is now licensed to fly a 737 airplane.

“A very proud moment in my aviation history,” Travolta, 68, said in a video. “To add to my 747 and 707 licenses, I just received my 737 license, and it went very well, so just sharing my moment with you.”

Travolta, who learned how to fly a plane when he was just fifteen years old, received his first pilot license in 1978.

He owns at least seven planes, including a Boeing 707, Bombardier Challenger 601, Boeing 727, and three Gulfstream jets.

Aviation has always served as an escape for Travolta, who even has a private runway for his planes at home in Florida.

“Aviation has always bailed me out of anything in my mind that is blue,” Travolta told CBS News in 2008. “I can look through an airline schedule and brochure and cheer up.”

The Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is located twenty-seven kilometers from the Athens city center. It takes around thirty-five to forty minutes by car, taxi, or metro and sixty minutes by bus to get to the airport from the center city.

The airport is operated by the Athens International Airport SA under a concession agreement covering the period 1996 to 2026.

It began operation on March 28, 2001 in time for the 2004 Summer Olympics and is the main base of Aegean Airlines as well as other smaller Greek airlines.

Athens International is currently a member of Group 1 of Airports Council International—with over 25 million passengers—as of 2021. It is the fifteenth busiest airport in Europe and the busiest and largest in the Balkans.

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