The airport with no planes and other futile projects that have drained Spanish coffers
Foreigners might think that
The semi-autonomous region of
A new airport in Castellon opened in 2011 -- and promptly closed without a single commercial flight ever landing.
'We had an attack of wealth. We didn't know how, but suddenly we were rich,' says Miguel angel Bastenier, a columnist at the left-of-centre daily El Pais. 'There was such a frenzy for investing money, and people got inebriated.'
The airport in Castilla-La Mancha, named after
Politicians from both main parties also sat on the board of the local savings bank, the Caja Castilla-La Mancha. With a rumoured 70 per cent stake in direct and indirect investment in the airport, Caja Castilla-La Mancha became the first of
Politicians say the airport in Castilla-La Mancha failed because it opened just as the global recession hit. But
Indeed, the official bankruptcy report for the airport says: 'No thought was given to the investment needed to make the airport function as a business. The construction itself of the airport provided the first profit for the investors because they signed contracts with their own construction companies.'
The Spanish freedom of information campaign group, Civio, believes that the airport of Ciudad Real is typical and that the lack of accountability has to be addressed if
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