One of Spain’s “ghost airports” finally proves useful. The airport was inaugurated four years ago, but has since then been left almost unused.
The airport is called Aeropuerto de Castellón Costa Azahar, located in the Castellón province north of Valencia. The airport was opened with great fanfare in March 2011, but has so far only been used by a few aircrafts by the football club Villarreal CF and a chartered helicopter. The first aircraft for Villareal CF went to San Sebastian on January 14th, before the match against Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey. However, this is not something that the airport makes money on since they sponsor the FC Villarreal.
But this is about to change. Ryanair will start flying from Castellón Costa Azahar from mid September. They are starting with two lines to Bristol and London Stansted in the UK. Ryanair has announced a press conference later today to provide details about the flights.
The airport cost over € 150 million to build and at the entrance there is a 24 meter high copper statue which alone cost 300,000 euros. The airport has a 2,700 meters long and 45 meters wide runway so that it can be used by large aircrafts.
The airport is modern equipped and in some areas even luxurious. It was the first airport in Europe’s equipped with a full body scanner, which was then a controversial topic because it showed passengers naked. The airport is run by a private company that has a 50-year concession for the operation.