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Spain: the Land of the spirit airports

Spain has large airports, but small and of not a few. Many of them are hardly used and are expensive. Nevertheless, money continues to flow.

Welcome to Lleida, one of the 140,000 inhabitants of the city with its own international airport. Just a regional machine from Palma de Mallorca landed. Something Special: Currently, the Catalan Airport has to offer, only a regular line connection: on Fridays and Sundays. A handful of Charter flights from the UK and Sweden - and for tourists who want to go skiing in the nearby Pyrenees mountains is now available in the Winter.

Only one-tenth of the planned passengers

The airport Lleida-Alguaire has been for years a loss-making business, says Isidre Gavin in conversation with Oliver Neuroth.

The Lleida-Alguaire airport has been operational since 2010. The Catalan regional government expected at that time, with around 400,000 passengers per year. However, this goal was never achieved. In the past year, the airport handled about 40,000 guests, one tenth of the target figure.

The airport earned no money today, he has nine years of a grant of business, confesses to Isidre Gavin. He is a delegate for infrastructure at the regional government of Catalonia. The operating company of the airport. "The error was a strategic one. It was wrong to think that an airport in an area where relatively few people live and there is not very much tourism, it can work as a classic passenger airport," says Gavin.

For regional politicians prestige projects

the Same Problem in the airports of Burgos, Leon, Logrono, Valladolid or Castellón have - to name just a few. The Airport originated in the times of the construction boom in Spain ten years ago, thanks in part to subsidies from the European Union.

Little going on at the terminal building of the airport of Castellón.

Also, if the assets are worth today, the regional politicians were prestige projects that they wanted to give up under any circumstances, says aviation Journalist José Ramón Valero. "The politicians had promised their constituents that they can fly out of your Region wherever you go. That an international airport in their province. Without thinking about it, that the operation of such equipment is very expensive and you will never be profitable."

The nearest airport is started

The most mind-airports are held by the company AENA on life. An Interview to the state-owned enterprises declines. The Spanish infrastructure Ministry has not responded to our multiple requests. Instead, the two drums for the next airport project is now launched: the new airport of Murcia-Corvera.

expert Valero talks about the latest example of waste in this area. Because Murcia has an airport and a military with the passenger terminal. The volume of traffic there was not so large that a new facility would be necessary. And: Murcia, is only 40 minutes by car from the airport of Alicante.

The airports are for regional politicians, prestige projects, says aviation expert Valero.

Murcia is likely to be another Chapter in the history of Spain's useless airports. But all the same, another controversial infrastructure project, the southern Spanish Region is not involved so far - on a huge network of high-speed rail roads. It currently includes more than 3000 kilometers, and is thus, according to the Chinese, the longest in the world. Most of the tracks also in the Spanish construction boom Phase, in a time of crisis, many were hardly used.

"Here, you want it all"

The Same is true for the endless Spanish motorway network: It includes more than 15,000 kilometers, is the longest in Europe. Mainly conservative governments of the past years pushed forward the construction of Express routes and motorways, opposition politicians accused her to have statistics fudged to justify the need. Economist Germà Bel of the University of Barcelona says: "In most countries the people want to come good from one place to another - on the Land, the sea, or by air. Here, you want everything: Land, sea, and air. What delusions of grandeur!"

rethink could be on to the next Problem

guide But at least a change in thinking begins with the airports: The leaders of some of the infrastructure in ruins, that it cannot go further - for example, the operating company of the airport of Lleida, in Catalonia. She has enlisted flight schools and companies that want to earn with the maintenance of aircraft money.

Similar plan to other airport operators in the country. And that could lead to the next Problem: an Oversupply in this area. And Spain would be in the middle of the next airport crisis.

the Land of the Ghost airports of Spain, unnecessary infrastructure
Oliver Neuroth, ARD Madrid
15.01.2019 08:59 PM

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