Spain’s ghost airports: symbols of boom turned bust – Yahoo! News

Grand Central Airport Terminal and Control Tower

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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.

via Spain’s ghost airports: symbols of boom turned bust – Yahoo! News.

Strange Random Ghost Quote:

Houses are not haunted. We are haunted, and regardless of the architecture with which we surround ourselves, our ghosts stay with us until we ourselves are ghosts. – Dean Koontz, Velocity

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