Friday, May 25, 2012

Symbols of past wealth

One of the symbols of Spain’s reckless spending during the boom years are the airports that were built during that period. Now, the state run company, AENA, is considering cutting operating hours at 30 of them. In all, 20 of the countries airports have less than 100,000 passengers per year.

Some examples:

  • Badajoz airport near the Portuguese border last saw a commercial flight take off in January.
  • In Huesca the airport if full manned and yet had only 2,781 passengers in 2010.
  • The biggest “white elephant” though is Castellon which cost 150 million Euros to build and has yet to see a single plane touch down on its runway. 

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