Athens, the capital of Greece, is well connected with major international cities. Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, was opened in March 2001 and built for the needs of the modern world. It is located 23 miles northeast of the city. There are 157 check-in counters and two 2.5-mile slopes. The airport can receive nearly 600 flights per day. It has conference facilities, mail, hotel, courier service, banks, exchange offices, ATMs and many shops and restaurants. There are 5 international airports in Greece. They are located in the larger cities of the country, namely Athens, Krus (Jonsko), Heraklion (Crete), Kos (Dodecanese) and Thessaloniki (near the Halkidiki region). Some Greek islands are not directly accessible to flights. The best way to travel to these islands is to arrange transfers by taxi from Athens airport. Aircraft tickets to Greece between June and September and during the holidays are relatively more expensive. The weekends are also expensive. Recently, many charter flights have begun to work in and out of Greece. Most charter flights operate during the summer.
Olympic Airways is the national air carrier of Greece. Daily flights from New York to Boston to Athens. The shortest flight time to Athens for Los Angeles is 15:00, and from Athens to New York for 13 hours; Most European airline companies connect North American cities with Greece via major European cities. Direct flights also run from the major European cities to the International Airport of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, North Greece as well as on Krf (Kerkira), Greti and Rhodes. American and Canadian citizens who enter Greece for a period of less than 3 months require a valid passport. However, there is no need for obtaining a visa. Passports and visas are different for tourists of different nationalities and need to be checked before traveling.