Ryanair To Take Over 'Ghost Airport' In Spain
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Well, this kind of has an element of mystery to it. If not, downright fright if you’re not into that whole “let’s restore this abandoned building” type of thing.
European low-cost carrier Ryanair is taking over Spain’s infamous “ghost airport” in Castellon, a facility that was built in 2011 and still has yet to have a commercial flight land or take off from there since. The airport has literally been abandoned – it went bust at the height of the collapse of the global economy after city officials spent $159 million to build it.
Jose Espartero, Ryanair’s sales and marketing director in Spain, said Wednesday the airline would begin three weekly flights from London's Stansted airport to Castellon, and two from Bristol in the U.K., in September.
The airport is functional; it just hasn’t been used. The project was criticized from the beginning as Castellon sits halfway between two other Mediterranean Sea tourist destinations in Valencia and Reus – both of which have airports – and is about a two-hour train ride south of Barcelona. There was a question as to whether Castellon even needed an airport, given all that, but the Province of Castellon’s governor at the time, Carlos Fabra, insisted on the project. He even commissioned a $300,000 copper statue of himself that sits outside the entrance to the airport.
Fabra is now in prison serving time for tax fraud.
“Now everyone from the Castellon region can also enjoy Ryanair flights at the first privately operated airport in Spain,” Espartero told the Associated Press.
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