Ryanair will fly to Castellón's "ghost" airport
El Pais, a well-known publication in Spain, has published a news story about Castellón's "ghost" airport and the agreement it will conclude with Ryanair. On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, a press conference will be held at the council's headquarters in Castellón. Tomorrow's meeting will be attended by: Jose Espartero, Sales Manager and Manager of Ryanair Spain; Luis Fernández-Mellado, responsible for the new routes of the airline; Alain Russel, CEO of Castellón Airport.
Officials have not yet confirmed Ryanair's future plans in the Castellón area, but rumors in the market fuel the idea that the Irish low-cost operator will open a base at the "ghost" Costa Azahar airport in Castellón. It will operate flights to destinations in Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Thus, Ryanair could become the first airline with regular operations at an airport without air traffic.
Castellón's "ghost" airport was inaugurated in 2011, after an investment of around 150 million EURO. From the inauguration until now, the airport has been completely ignored by all airlines. There were no regular commercial flights, just a few charters with football teams.
The work has been challenged from the beginning. Firstly because there was no need for such an airport on the east coast of Spain, an area well served by the airports Valencia, Barcelona and Alicante. Secondly, the project was not in compliance with international airline rules and some money was paid until it received the operating permit. Third, there is a massive, tall statue near the only runway serving the airport.
We are waiting for the conference tomorrow for more details.