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Exploring Greece’s abandoned airport


An Olympic Airlines 747, once the proud flagship jet of an airline enjoyed by the likes of Hollywood actors, high-profile heads of state, and even Jackie Kennedy, glistens in the sun while sitting idle just South of Athens.

I’m at Hellinikon International Airport — an abandoned and derelict former hub airport of Athens, now a living example of ‘when time stood still’.

For six decades, the airport served as the Greek capital’s main hub for commercial airliners. It was the Greek home of the ‘golden age’ of air travel, handling around 12mn passengers per year.

The airport had…



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