Daily Archives: June 22, 2011
CIUDAD REAL, Spain – The glittering buildings rise up from Spain’s arid central plain. Draw closer and there’s something eerie about Ciudad Real‘s Central Airport. There’s hardly a plane in sight. Nobody’s around. Cars can only be heard faintly in the distance. This is one of Spain’s “ghost airports” — huge projects often funded by taxpayer money that helped drive Spain’s economic boom and now symbolize the wasteful spending that contributed to its spectacular bust. Envisioned three years ago as a satellite airport for congested Madrid, Central boasts one of Europe‘s longest runways, yet there’s hardly a skid-mark from the handful of weekly flights it now handles. Its vast and airy terminal, designed to handle 2.5 million passengers a year, echoes every sound.
Strange Random Ghost Quote:
- Windmills – Ciudad Real, Spain (travelpod.com)
- Spain’s phantom airports (theworld.org)
- North East holiday makers choose Spain, but for how much longer? (travelnews.britishairways.com)
- Amazing Satellite Images Of Spanish Ghost Towns (businessinsider.com)
- The Psychology of Market Bubbles (bigthink.com)