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Ciudad Real Ghost Airport

Abandoned just four years after it was built, this modern ghost airport is one of the many victims of Spain’s economic bust. Opened in 2008 as the first private airport in Spain, it never reached the 10 million travelers a year it was designed for, or even got close.

Ciudad Real Central Airport (Aeropuerto Central Ciudad Real) was built in the tiny town of Ciudad Real, about an hour south of Madrid in a little-traveled stretch of central Spain. It was dubbed the Don Quijote Airport after the literary hero of the region, and there were big plans in store for the project.

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