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Well I never - Spain's infamous "ghost airport", Castellon, is to begin operating at last, although initially only to private aircraft. Charter flights are expected to be using the airport by March 2015, in time for next year's summer season.


El primer avión podría llegar al aeropuerto de Castellón antes de acabar la semana - elEconomista.es

Of course, it remains to be seen whether it will prove profitable or not. But I've often seen it touted as a sign of Spain's utter economic hopelessness by those who hold that view, so any signs of life are welcome.

And also in the news today is the fact that Renfe's income from AVE services has increased by 6% this year - another thing the doomsters saw as an ill advised investment.
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Good to see the AVE's finances improving, but I still have my doubts about Castellón airport being anything other than a product of a corrupt and failed system that let council planners build what they liked, regardless of the financial viability.

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Are they going to leave the 20-tonne copper statue of former Castellon president Carlos Fabra outside the airport? Might be a little embarrassing now that he´s behind bars for fraud!
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Are they going to leave the 20-tonne copper statue of former Castellon president Carlos Fabra outside the airport? Might be a little embarrassing now that he´s behind bars for fraud!
Pity they didn't melt that statue down to make the bars

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A 20 tonne copper statue? And it's still there?

The metal thieves up there must be slacking, imagine how much that would have fetched for scrap, compared to a few puny rolls of cable!
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Of course, it remains to be seen whether it will prove profitable or not. [COLOR=Blue
But I've often seen it touted as a sign of Spain's utter economic hopelessness by those who hold that view[/COLOR], so any signs of life are welcome.

And also in the news today is the fact that Renfe's income from AVE services has increased by 6% this year - another thing the doomsters saw as an ill advised investment.
I feel a finger pointing my way, do I not?
It's difficult to know how Castellón airport can be seen as anything but "a sign of Spain's utter economic hoplessness" when millions, literally, were spent on its construction, when thousands are spent on its maintenence and security even now, and not a euro has been obtained from it since the day it was opened in March 2011.

It would be good if someone, somewhere could get some use out of it, but I can't see it's going to be turning a profit any time soo, not unless someone melts down that statue!

The problem with the AVE from my point of view is the route that has been taken in some cases - whizzing past some towns and ploughing through countryside.
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It's difficult to know how Castellón airport can be seen as anything but "a sign of Spain's utter economic hoplessness" when millions, literally, were spent on its construction, when thousands are spent on its maintenence and security even now, and not a euro has been obtained from it since the day it was opened in March 2011.

It would be good if someone, somewhere could get some use out of it, but I can't see it's going to be turning a profit any time soo, not unless someone melts down that statue!

The problem with the AVE from my point of view is the route that has been taken in some cases - whizzing past some towns and ploughing through countryside.
No, in this case your paranoia is unfounded, I didn't have you in mind, honestly

In common with a lot of other things, like the ghost housing developments, I think it was planned and built at a time when nobody saw the global crash coming and they thought they were anticipating meeting growing demand and creating the capacity for expansion. But then we all know what happened.
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No, in this case your paranoia is unfounded, I didn't have you in mind, honestly

In common with a lot of other things, like the ghost housing developments, I think it was planned and built at a time when nobody saw the global crash coming and they thought they were anticipating meeting growing demand and creating the capacity for expansion. But then we all know what happened.
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

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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
Laundering money. At the last count some 75 PP are up on charges for defrauding. In Mexico where I lived it has always been known that construction is the easy way to move money. In the 1985 earthquake in Mexico, the government buildings in the centre of the city suffered the worst assaults. Why? Cos the basic structures were missing the required iron bars and requisite amount of cement that has to be used.

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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.
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