Ryanair to be 1st airline to use Spanish 'ghost airport'

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

MADRID (AP) — Ryanair will become the first airline to run flights to and from one of Spain's biggest "ghost airports" in eastern Castellon, long a symbol of the wasteful spending that preceded the country's severe economic crisis.

Jose Espartero, the Irish low-cost company's sales and marketing director in Spain, said Wednesday that Ryanair would begin three weekly flights from London's Stansted airport to Castellon and two from the English city of Bristol in September.

The Castellon airport cost 150 million euros ($160 million) to build. It was finished in 2011 but only had its first flight on Jan. 15.

The tourist region is already served by airports in Valencia and Reus.

Spain's handful of "ghost airports" were among the many huge projects during a property-fueled boom prior to the 2008 real-estate crash.