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Old 11th December 2014, 10:04 PM
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Good, I'm glad the paranoia is unfounded, but I do thhink you're being too kind Lynn. That airport was not planned thinking about growing demand and expansion. It wasn't planned at all beyond being the perfect way to build something that would allow people in the know to cream off vast amounts of money to line private pockets
Yes, although I should add that even if the planners involved were not corrupt, the system in Spain presses them into building as much as possible anyway, since that's where the councils get a large chunk of their revenue. Add stupidly low interest rates due to the euro into the mix, along with crazy, no-questions-asked lending by idiotic bankers, coupled with the complete lack of regulation in Spain, and the fact that planners could sit on the boards of local cajas and effectively lend to their own companies while also awarding themselves planning permission, with conflicts of interest all over the place, the outcome was inevitable....
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Wow, there is maybe hope yet for another of Spain's great white elephants - namely Malaga's second runway! Mind you, I saw one plane land on it a week past Thursday lol .

To think that many gave up their land and homes for it to be built, let alone the countless milions it cost.
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Sounds a bit like that one in Ireland.

As for AVE - I fail to understand the need to build a fast rail link adjacent to an existing line when there are large areas with poor access to any railway at all - our two nearest stations are over 70 km away!

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Sounds a bit like that one in Ireland.

As for AVE - I fail to understand the need to build a fast rail link adjacent to an existing line when there are large areas with poor access to any railway at all - our two nearest stations are over 70 km away!
Last time I checked (several years ago) the old national train routes were so slow as to be unusable. I guess they were mainly used for freight.

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Just an observation, but earlier this year I was discussing the Castellon airport saga with a family friend, a retired Spanish doctor in his eighties. When he was a young man, living in Albacete, he said there was a lot of debate about the “crazy” plans to build an airport at Alicante. The airport now handles about 10 million passengers a year.
And does the retired doctor even know what ROI is

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And does the retired doctor even know what ROI is
I doubt it. I´ve never met a doctor yet who understands anything about business!

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Reminds me of the one in Berlin, over in Germany, that's costing taxpayers a ridiculous amount of money (5 Billion euros)for...not even operating.


But, hey, at least it's gonna open on...oh, yeah, that's right. Nobody knows when the hell it'll open.

In fact, they still need to invest about 3 billion before they can guesstimate an opening time.

Every month that it is not open, costs 20 million euros.

5 Billion Euros: Costs Increase Again for Berlin Brandenburg Airport - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Spain isn't the only country that makes mistakes.

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