This is the once busy Greek airport a few kilometers south of Athens, where time is now standing still.
These fascinating – so creepy – photos of the now abandoned Hellenikon International Airport were taken by London-based aviation analyst Alex Macheras.
His photos show huge planes, including a Boeing 747, parked and collecting dust on the asphalt, while paint crumbles on crumbling terminal buildings.
A photo of an old Olympic Airways Boeing 747-200, Boeing 727 and Boeing 737 on the asphalt and overlooking the Aegean Sea. Alex notes that the airline was unable to use the official Olympic five interlocking ring logo due to copyright laws
Hellenikon International Airport is located a few kilometers south of Athens and was closed in 2001
Alex notes that for six decades the airport was the main hub of the Greek capital for commercial aircraft, handling approximately 12 million passengers a year. Above a kiosk for a & # 39; secure bag & # 39; system
The approach to the terminal, Alex said, was & # 39; creepy and resembled an apocalyptic film set & # 39;
A shot of what was once the entrance to the main building of departure, with graffiti that now covers the outside
Amazingly, an image shows a stack of flight magazines on the taxiway, ready to be loaded onto an airplane.
Another shows the original waiting room stickers for travelers of British Airways Euro Traveler and Club Europe in a sleeping check-in area.
Write on his blogAlex says that for six decades the airport served as the main hub of the Greek capital for commercial aircraft, handling around 12 million passengers a year. But it closed in 2001.
The airport, built in 1938, had two terminals, with the west wing reserved for the now-defunct Greek airline Olympic Airways and the east wing for all other airlines.
The Olympic terminal still has the original sign. Push weeds up through the forecourt
Alex took a photo of an airport sign that provided visitors with taxi ride information
A peek into a crumbling office building where air tickets were once processed
The airport, built in 1938, had two terminals, with the west wing reserved for the now defunct Greek airline Olympic Airways and the east for all other airlines
Alex came across a stack of volatile magazines on the taxiway, ready to be loaded onto an Olympic jet
The eastern terminal hall was designed by the famous Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who also designed the TWA terminal at New York Airport, John F Kennedy, which was recently reopened as a hotel.
Following the opening of the current Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in 2001, Alex says that Hellenikon has been neglected and is now & # 39; packed in years of bureaucracy and discussions about what the airport site should be & # 39 ;.
He adds: "Now, almost 20 years after the closure of airports, the entire site is forbidden to the public for fear of collapse of airport buildings or even aircraft components.
& # 39; Not only are there no concrete plans for the future of the site, but there is also no company, company or individual running the former hub airport itself – hence its sad state. & # 39;
During his personally agreed visit, Alex peeked into former offices, check-in areas and wandered around the crumbling jobs.
Valuable aircraft components, including engines, were apparently removed before the aircraft were stored.
Following the opening of the current Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in 2001, Alex says that Hellenikon has been neglected and is now & # 39; packed in years of bureaucracy and discussions about what the airport site should use & # 39;
The control tower of the airport, which Alex says was once responsible for sending the & # 39; busy stream & # 39; of aircraft
An abandoned Hellenic Air BAC One-Eleven captured by Alex
Closer to the main terminal, the original signs point to the departure building
Many photos show rusting aircraft from Olympic Airways.
They are seen with six rings on their tails because the airline was unable to use the official Olympic five-ring logo due to copyright laws.
One of the more unusual parts of his visit, Alex said, was when he saw a hyena jumping around the site.
He was told by a local security officer that a raid at a nearby property found someone with illegally kept wild animals from Africa, including hyenas.
The animals are said to have been taken to the airport since it is fenced and left there.
Alex pondered: & # 39; Whether this is a true story or not, the security officer seemed very certain, and we were certainly face to face with something that looked like a hyena. & # 39;
Alex summarized his visit and said: & # 39; This was a very unusual experience. Seeing a miracle of Greek aviation in such a miserable state was sad, but at the same time extraordinary & # 39;
Alex says that Hellenikon Airport can usually be seen from the left side of an aircraft, before a final arrival in Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)
As he walked through the terminals, Alex said the doors were cracking due to the light wind, and our footsteps were a disturbing area that had not been touched in decades & # 39;
One of the terminal buildings seen with ceiling panels is missing, but the signage still holds
Alex summarized his visit and said: & # 39; This was a very unusual experience. Seeing a miracle of Greek aviation in such a miserable state was sad, but at the same time extraordinary.
& # 39; Books and folders were still open on pages & # 39; s that were created as bookmarks more than 20 years ago. There were often moments that were frightening and creepy, walking around the airport areas, it looked like something apocalyptic.
& # 39; As we walked through the terminals, doors cracked in the light wind and our footsteps were a disturbing area that had not been touched for decades.
& # 39; The saved Olympic jets reminded us of aviation, but also how far we have come in a relatively young industry.
& # 39; The next time you fly to Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH), you should pay close attention during the descent to Hellenikon Airport, which is usually seen from the left side of the aircraft, for the final approach & # 39;
Alex noted that the & # 39; Safe Bag system & # 39; advertisement can still be seen, with prices in Greek Drachma, the currency replaced by the Euro in 2001
Alex says: & Anyone exploring this area south of Athens may be surprised to find that the old airport sign is still indicated by road, including signs to split traffic into international, domestic and arrivals & # 39;
Alex took this photo in the terminal and showed how the original stickers for the check-in counters of British Airways Euro Traveler and Club Europe are still visible
Alex is standing in front of a photo of an abandoned aircraft called Olympic Eagle
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