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[Flag of Athens]

Flag of Athens - Image by Arnaud Leroy, 30 August 2003

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Flag of Athens

The flag of Athens, adopted in 1995, is blue, in proportions 2:3, with a (inner) gold and (outer) red border, on the model of the flag of Attica. In the middle appears a white cross charged with a blue disk with a large white border fimbriated in gold. This border has gold olive tree branches. The blue disk has a white and gold representation of the head of Goddess Athena.

Pascal Vagnat, 30 August 2003


[Flag of ENOA]

Flag of ENOA - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 May 2006

ENOA (Ελληνικός Ναυτικός Όμιλος Αιγυπτών, Greek Watersports Club "Egyptioton"; website) is a watersports club located in Athens, with yachting, rowing, canoe-kayak, swimming and water-polo sections.
The flag of ENOA is triangular, white divided by a blue cross bordered in black. The vertical arm of the cross is thicker than the horizontal one and the cross is superimposed to a thin blue saltire. A white oval bordered in blue and charged with the blue letters "ENOA" is superimposed to the middle of the cross.

Ivan Sache, 21 May 2006

Athens International Airport


Flag of Athens International Airport - Image by Zoltán Horváth, 9 December 2014, after a photo taken by Jaume Ollé

Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA, corporate website) was established in 1996 as a public-private partnership with a 30-year concession agreement. Ratified by Greek Law 2338/95, the concession agreement grants the right to use the airport site for the purpose of the "design, financing, construction, completion, commissioning, maintenance, operation, management and development of the airport". AIA is a privately managed company, with the Greek State holding 55% of shares, while the private shareholders collectively hold 45%.
In 2013, the airport was used by 12,5 million passengers; 101 destinations were served by 55 operating carriers and 11 low-cost carriers. Number of flights amounted to 131,000 (international, 70,000; domestic, 61,000).

The flag of Athens International Airport is yelow with the logo of the airport.

The airport is named for Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936). Born in Crete, Venizelos fought in his youth against the Ottoman Empire for Ένωσις (union) of Crete to Greece. He redacted in 1898 the Constitution of autonomous Crete; opposed to the High Commissioner of Crete, Prince George of Greece, he raised the insurrection that caused the left of George in 1906.
Venizelos became Prime Minister of Greece in 1910 after democratic elections; his effort of modernization of the armed forces allowed Greece to win the two Balkan Wars (1912-1913 and 1913). Opposed to King Constantine I, who supported the Triple Alliance, Venizelos resigned in 1915; he established in Thessaloniki a "Government of National Defence" supported by the Triple Entente. The quarrel, known as National Schism, ended in 1917 with the abdication of the king and the re-establishment of Venizelos as the Prime Minister.
Venizelos signed the Treaties of Neuilly and Sèvres but was defeated in the general election held in 1920. His political career ended with a succession of exiles and come-backs. Prime Minister in 1924 for a few months, and again, in 1928, he was eventually defeated in the 1932 elections and died in exile, after having supported two aborted military coups.

Ivan Sache, 9 December 2014