A “ghost airport” in Spain is currently on the market for the low price of $137 million.
The airport, which sits approximately 200 miles outside of Madrid, reportedly cost upwards of $1.5 billion to build. Unfortunately for the folks who spent all that money to bring the place to life, the airport has remained unused since 2011. Now the whole thing is ripe for the picking.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the ghost airport in Spain went on the auction block Monday (December 9). If you’re serious about purchasing the joint, then you’ll have to place your bid before December 27. A Ciudad Real commercial court spokesperson said the $137 million asking price is the minimum required to meet debtor demands.
What do you get for your money? The Spanish ghost airport reportedly has one of the longest runways in Europe. This can apparently accommodate an Airbus 380, which is the largest airline currently on the planet. There’s also plenty of empty terminals, hangars, and storage space on the property.
To keep pilots from landing their planes at the ghost airport in Spain, large yellow crosses were reportedly painted on the runway. The last aircraft touched down on the lengthy runaway back in 2011. In other words, you could describe the airport was “gently used.”
The Associated Press reports that the ghost airport originally opened its doors for business back in 2008. As the country’s economy started its downward spiral, the business couldn’t sustain itself. Now, the airport is currently available for a fraction of its construction cost.
The Caja Castilla La Mancha savings bank, one of the first Spanish financial institutions to receive a bailout in 2010, ponied up most of the money to build Ciudad Real’s Central airport. This is one of several similar locations known as the country’s “ghost airports.”
Check out some images of the airport below.
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It’s currently unknown if any serious buyers have bid on the ghost airport in Spain. Do you think anyone will cough up $137 million to bring the business back to life?
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