Saga of Spain’s unused, over-budget, delayed, badly planned airport at Castellon
Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport is an airport in eastern Spain. It has become a symbol of the wasteful spending that has sunk Spain deep into a recession and a banking crisis. It was officially declared “open” by local authorities in March, 2011 despite having no airlines signed up to land there, nor government approval to operate. Delayed for several years and at a current cost of €150 million, commercial flights were due to begin on 1 April 2012 but, as of August 2012, there have been none and it now might open in January 2013. A $375,000, 79 feet tall statue of Carlos Fabra, a local politician, was erected in the airport. Fabra has been under judicial investigation in connection with several cases of corruption and tax evasion – the statue is now some €127,000 over budget. The runway has had to be dug up and rebuilt as it was too narrow for safe operation.
Castellon Airport : ‘Mistakes were made’
The president of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, yesterday admitted that the Castellon Airport project “had not been well-managed”.
The regional premier went on to confirm how Castellon airport will be in a position to welcome tourists “in principle” next year, but has stated that there should be a “minimum flight and duty” to ensure that the operation of the airport does not impose on regional finances.
Fabra was addressing a forum at a breakfast meeting where he was asked about the future of the airport, responding that the facility will become operational, but only when the best operating consitions could be guaranteed.
He also explained that the final licences and certificates were under approval, and that the state Airports authourity – AENA – would not have any involvement at the facility.
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Spanish ‘ghost’ airport’s unused runway to be dug up
A “ghost” airport in Spain that has yet to see a single passenger through its terminal is now to have its runway dug up because it does not meet regulations.
By Fiona Govan, Madrid (Telegraph)
15 Feb 2012
The State Agency for Air Security has found that its main strip is too narrow for airplanes to turn around, and will have to be widened to meet regulations.
It is the latest revelation in an ongoing saga of an airport that has come to symbolise the reckless public spending of ill-thought out projects across Spain that has left the country crippled with debt.
Regional officials were aware of the narrow-runway problems within weeks of the airport opening but kept it under wraps, Spain’s daily newspaper El Pais revealed on Wednesday.
Last month it emerged that 30 million euros had been spent on publicity for Castellon airport despite the fact that it had failed to secure permits to receive air traffic.
The private contractor hired to run the airport for 50 years is demanding that the regional government of Valencia reimburse 80 million euros for cancelling its contract.
It was hoped that the new airport would open up a new area of Spain’s eastern coast to tourism but airlines have so far failed to be persuaded to add the destination to their routes.
The region is already well served by busy international airports of Valencia and Alicante to the south and Barcelona to the north,
A recent study showed that of the 48 regional commercial airports built in Spain over the last 20 years, only 11 make a profit.
Gov’t report slams Castellon Airport
A recently released hard-hitting report paints a gloomy picture for the future of Castellon Airport – assuming of course that it opens as promised, by Jan 1st 2013.
A detailed study of the Tourism sector of Castellon was recently undertaken by the Ministry of Labour’s Observatory of Occupation department. The annual report concluded that excessive property development – including the airport – has been focussed around the ‘unrealistic expectations’ of tourism sector in the province.
The document notes that these expectations were based on the ‘boom years’ when Castellon was promoting a number of world class golf courses, on the back of which they hoped to sell a number of off plan properties, launch a niche tourism industry and operate a financially viable airport. Five years down the line the many developments remain unsold, the Golf courses un-built, the tourists nowhere to be seen and the airport un-operational.
Data for the report was obtained from the Public Employment Service, the National Institute of Statistics, the Valencian Employment & training Service, and other public bodies, and found that the sector has other problems, such as “a heavy reliance on the domestic market.”
Castellon Airport sculpture €127,000 over budget
Work has now been finished on the controversial and unpopular statue of Carlos Fabra, situated on the roundabout immediately in front of the terminal building at Castellon Airport.
The 25 mt high, 20 tonne bronze sculpture has now had the scaffolding surrounding the structure removed following the placement of a stainless steel model airplane at it’s highest point. Although it has been widely reported that the statue / sculpture is of the president of Aerocas – the company behind the development of the airport – and former President of the Province of Castellon, Carlo Fabra, this has been denied by the artist.
Barely 4 weeks ago headlines in the Spanish press mocked the model being manoeuvred into position, noting the “arrival of the first airplanes at Castellon Airport”.
It was also suggested that the cost of the sculpture as overrun the €300,000 budget by some €127,000, although none of this has yet been paid to Juan Rippolles, the artist.
Following the lavish “opening ceremony” at the airport in March of 2011, since which no airplane has yet arrived at the facility, it is expected that Aerocas will forego the embarrassment of an official unveiling ceremony for the piece.
Castellón Airport to open on January 1 2013
Jun 26, 2012
The undertaking was made by Carlos Fabra speaking at the Castellón Chamber of Commerce
The President of the company promoting Castellón Airport, Carlos Fabra, has said that it will be operational on January 1 2013.
Fabra, who is the ex President of the Diputación de Castellón, gave the news to the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, where he criticised those who tried to make the airport the subject of daily debate in the media.
He said that he had spoken to technicians and companies which ‘had an interest in collaborating’ and said that he was keeping contact with the Ministry for Development ‘to try and bring forward the dates’.
Fabra officially opened the Castellón Aiport with the then President of Valencia, Francisco Camps, in March 2011, but it has not seen a single aircraft since then.
- Castellon Airport sculpture €127,000 over budget – Sat 4th Aug 2012
Work has now been finished on the controversial and unpopular statue of Carlos Fabra, situated on the roundabout immediately in front of the terminal building at Castellon Airport … more
- Gov’t report slams Castellon Airport – Wed 1st Aug 2012
A recently released hard-hitting report paints a gloomy picture for the future of Castellon Airport – assuming of course that it opens as promised, by Jan 1st 2013 … more
- Castellon Airport : ‘Mistakes were made’ – Sat 28th Jul 2012
The president of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, yesterday admitted that the Castellon Airport project “had not been well-managed” … more
- Corvera and Castellon airport : Lesson to be learned ? – Sun 22th Jul 2012
Let’s consider London-Essex airport, or – to be more specific and call it by its ‘proper’ name – Southend on Sea Airport … more
- First ‘plane’ lands at Castellon Airport – Tue 17th Jul 2012
Many of Spain’s national newspapers earlier today ran with the sensationalistic and eye-catching headline “Arrival of first airplane at Castellon Airport” … more
- Gov’t eager to demonstrate cost savings at Castellon Airport – Thu 12th Jul 2012
Whilst technically not being a state owned facility, the majority shareholder in Castellon Airport is the Generalitat Valenciana, and as such has come under increasing pressure to reduce costs and overheads – especially … more
- Gov’t refuse to disclose expenditure and debts at Castellon Airport – Fri 6th Jul 2012
The Compromís coalition party in the region of Valencia have criticized the Generalitat for refusing to provide a full and detailed breakdown for all costs to date associated with the construction and ‘operation’ Castellon …more
- Castellon Airport will welcome first flight 1st Jan 2013 : Fabra – Tue 26th Jun 2012
Carlos Fabra, the President of Aerocas, has named the date when the first aircraft will land at Castellon airport as the 1st of January 2013 … more
- Castellon Airport to be operational this year : another promise – Sat 23rd Jun 2012
The Councillor for Tourism for the Generalitat Valenciana, Lola Johnson, has given an interview to Radio 9, where she commented how Castellon airport will be fully operational by he end of 2012 … more
- Castellon Airport ‘as quiet as the Louvre at night’ – Fri 22th Jun 2012
The Director of Castellon Airport, Juan Garcia Salas, has been quoted on a French TV station, where he was heard commenting that that facility was “as empty as the Louvre at night” … more
- Growth at last at Castellon Airport (although not the kind we were hoping for) – Sun 17th Jun 2012
At least one side of operations is booming at Castellon airport … more
- Castellon Airport “Operational this year” : Fabra – Wed 13th Jun 2012
Earlier today Carlos Fabra, President of Aerocas, told the Castellón Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that it is in negotiation with a company interested in operating ‘around 1,000 aircraft loads per year’ from the airport, … more
- Valencia Pharmacy Strike Today Sees 97pct Closure – Sat 9th Jun 2012
A strike of Pharmacists throughout the region of Valencia today is expected to see almost 98% of outlets closed for business … more
- PP accused of lying over Castellon Airport opening – Sun 3rd Jun 2012
The Provincial Deputy for the Compromís party in Castellon, Josep Maria Pañella, has commented how the region’s contraversial airport “can not be allowed to go ahead because the airport authority is not in possession of the … more
- Castellon Airport “For Sale” – Sat 26th May 2012
The Generalitat Valenciana is considering the sale of Castellón airport to a private company. The Vice President of Castellon, Joseph Císcar, told Consell yeterday that the regional government is “ready for any type of … more
- The World needs Castellon Airport : Fabra – Thu 24th May 2012
Carlos Fabra, the former President for the province and Castellon and now President of Aerocas, has told a press conference how there are just four “inepts” in the whole of Valencia who are against the airport, and that …more
- Bloc Spokesman calls upon Generalitat to sell Castellon airport shares – Wed 23rd May 2012
The spokesman for the Bloc political party for the province of Castellon, Enric Nomdedeu, has called upon the Generalitat of Valencia to sell the shares that they own in Aerocas, the promotor and concession holder of …more
- Castellon airport “Unnecessary” – Sun 20th May 2012
The Deputy for the Compromís party for Castelon, Josep Maria Pañella, has responded to Carlos Fabra over the Castellon airport project, calling the infrastrcuture expenditure “unnecessary” … more
- Corvera Airport “on hold” – Sat 19th May 2012
An anonymous source at the Ministry of Public works has confirmed that developments at Corvera International Airport are currently “on hold” … more
- Aerocas : “Castellon Airport will be fully operational by summer 2013” – Fri 18th May 2012
The former PP President for the Province of Castellon, Carlos Fabra, commented today how if he was the President of the region of Valencia ” I would have already resigned.” … more
- President of Castellon defends airport (again) – Mon 14th May 2012
The President of the Castellón Province, Javier Moliner, has once agin spoken to defend the need for an airport at Castellon, commenting on Friday how “the problem with Castellón’s airport did not happen 20 years ago, as … more
- ECB delegates denied inspection of Castellon airport – Tue 8th May 2012
The Deputy Spokesman to the Senate for the Etesa political party, Jordi Guillot, raised two questions to the house yesterday concerning the recent European Central Bank Summit, held in Barcelona over this last weekend … more
- Politicians to inspect Castellon Airport facilities later today – Tue 8th May 2012
The PSPV Spokesperson for the province of Castellon, Francesc Colomer, is due to visit Castellon Airport later today … more
- Castellon Airport ‘a total fraud’ – Fri 4th May 2012
The Compromis Coalition party spokesperson to the Generalitat Valenciana, Carles Mulet, yesterday accused Aerocas of fraud in misleading the regional parliament with inaccurate figures and forecasts concerning the future of … more
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