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Ciudad Real Airport back in use

Sat 10th Nov 2012
Ciudad Real Airport back in use

Castille-la-Mancha's troubled Don Qixote-Ciudad Real airport has been put to an ingenious new use.

Spain's first privately owned commercial airport closed on the 21st of April 2012 following an investment of 500 Million Euros, and having only been operational for 3 years, after Vueling decided to cut flights to and from the facility.

The 4km long, 60 meter wide runway - designed to accomodate the Airbus A380 - has now been chosen to test the new Lexus LFA luxury car. The vehicle is designed to reach top speeds of 325 kilometers per hour and will have an accelertion of 0-100 kmh in just 3.7 seconds, making the abandoned airfield the perfect choice to perform the required tests.

Earlier this year acclaimed Spanish film Director, Pedro Almodovar, utilised the unused airport at Castellon as the setting for his latest film "Los amantes pasajeros" (Travelling Lovers).

Nice to see that Spain's private airports are diversifying, if nothing else.

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I think I will have to think about it !
Jack - Fri, 6th Sep 2013
Jack : Ciudad Real / Don Quixote Airport is privately owned by :

CR Aeropuertos, Carretera Ballesteros,0 S/n,

Villar Del Pozo, Spain

+34 926 690 080

You thinking of making an offer ?

Tumbit - Admin - Wed, 4th Sep 2013
Hi how can I contact the owners
Jack Brennan - Wed, 4th Sep 2013
Paul : The airport went into administration in April and as such this is basically the recievers trying to make a bit of something back from the deal. The initial 500 million seems to be long forgotten !!
Tumbit - Admin - Sun, 11th Nov 2012
500 Million Euros is an expensive way to test just one make & model of fast car. I don't think that the owners will be making their money back any time soon...
Paul Coulson - Sun, 11th Nov 2012