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Abandoned facility ready to come to life

Ryanair poised for take-off at ghost airport

CastellonBudget airline Ryanair has confirmed that it will begin new flights to and from Castellon – the “ghost” airport that has lain disused for four years.

Castellón–Costa Azahar was built during Spain’s ill-fated property boom and was one of its most high profile casualties when the economy went bust.

Apart from internal charter flights booked by the Barcelona and Villarreal football clubs, the £100 million facilities north of Valencia have stood earily quiet (baggage hall pictured). There had been talk of transforming it into a race track for cars or a shopping mall.

Ryanairs chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs announced that two flights to the airport via London Stansted will be included to its winter schedule. More flights are also being added between Stansted, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Apart from being a symbol of excess, Castellon will need to compete with another airport 60 miles north in nearby Alicante, a popular destination for Scottish holidaymakers.

Castellon is now under the management of the Canadian engineering conglomerate SNC-Lavalin which has set a target of 250 flights and 35,000 passengers in its first year,

Ryanair has always insisted on driving down airport charges and with no other customers it might have got a good deal at the abandoned Spanish facility.

Turkish Airlines is also said to be planning to use the airport.

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