By Sohail Sawlani

Madrid's Ciudad Real Airport: A Forgotten Gem

January 29, 2023

Madrid's Ciudad Real airport, located just south of the capital city, was once a promising hub for low-cost carriers. However, it has since become one of the most forgotten airports in Spain, and indeed the world. Built in 2008, the airport was meant to be a solution to Madrid's congested Barajas airport and was expected to handle up to 10 million passengers per year.

The airport was initially praised for its innovative design and state-of-the-art facilities, but it never reached its full potential. Despite its proximity to the city and its potential for growth, the airport failed to attract enough airlines and passengers to remain viable. After just five years of operation, the airport declared bankruptcy and was sold to a private company.

Today, the airport remains unused and abandoned, a symbol of missed opportunity and failed ambition. The once-modern terminal building and expansive runways now sit empty, while the surrounding fields remain untouched.

The reasons for the failure of Ciudad Real airport are complex, but one factor is the strong competition from other airports in the region, particularly Barajas. Additionally, the global economic crisis that hit Spain particularly hard in the late 2000s impacted the airport's ability to attract investment and passenger traffic.

Despite its failure as a commercial airport, Ciudad Real airport has not been completely forgotten. The airport has become a popular destination for urban explorers, photographers and adrenaline seekers, who are drawn to its abandoned terminals and runways. In addition, the airport was converted to a storage space for aircraft during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In conclusion, Madrid's Ciudad Real airport serves as a cautionary tale of over-ambition and the difficulties faced by new airports in a competitive market. However, it also holds a unique and fascinating history that continues to draw visitors to this forgotten gem.

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Written by: Sohail Sawlani
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