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First Tourists Arrive at Spain's Castellon Airport

Source: Yahoo - Tue 15th Sep 2015
First Tourists Arrive at Spain's Castellon Airport

Ryanair today touched down at Spain's ghost airport of Castellón - which welcomed its first commercial flight since opening in 2011.

Flight FR8555 arrived at the infamous eastern hub, which cost €150 million to construct and has remained empty for four and a half years, at 10:26 a.m. local time.

It was 14 minutes early.

The aircraft and the virgin runway it landed on were "blessed" with water cannons, as crowds of workers cheered the arrival.

The plane, which had travelled from London's Stansted Airport, departed to return to the English capital at 11:10 a.m.

Ryanair is to fly three times a week to the airport from London Stansted, and is also set to launch a twice weekly service between Castellón and Bristol.

The arrival of today's flight is historic, as many believed that the airport would be better off being converted into a race track or shopping mall.

It was opened to much fanfare in March 2011, but despite a €30 million publicity campaign, no airline operators were interested in flying there.

The airport came to symbolise the huge amounts of money spent by the Spanish government on "white elephant" projects.

It also failed to get permits to allow planes to land because the airstrip was too narrow. It later had to be dug up and widened.

Ryanair struck a deal to fly to and from the airport earlier this year. It's hoped that other operators will follow.

Castellón Airport is also infamous in Spain due to the jailing of Carlos Fabra, the former regional president of the PP political party, for tax fraud.

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Comment on this Story

 
All well and good, but once the novelty factor has worn off I can't see a sustainable base load of passengers to keep the route open.
Tom - Thu, 24th Sep 2015
Congratulations Ryanair for giving the Costa Azahar a reason to believe in the future. Please see the bigger picture for the future. There are numerous families who regularly travel to the area from the north west of England and make unnecessarily longer journeys flying into Barcelona and Valencia. Please give us the same access to this region which we love so much.
M Clowes - Tue, 22nd Sep 2015
I congratulate Castellon Airport & Ryanair, who have actually achieved what so many travellers to Alcossebre & surrounding region have waited years to experience flying to this airport. I booked onto the first flight, actually moving my holiday to be on the first inaugural flight, and what a welcome we received! I've just arrived home to UK after an excellent flight back & only a 15 min drive to the airport! I hope Ryanair and Castellon airport will be used by the many residents & holidaymakers to this unique corner of Spain, and prove the doubters so wrong! David. DBi
David Blackwell - Tue, 22nd Sep 2015
Congratulations well done Castllon Airport and Ryanair for achieving a service where the begrudgers would rather see you fail. Hope it won't be too long before the flights start from Dublin.
Colin - Tue, 15th Sep 2015