Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport
|Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport
Aeropuerto de Castellón-Costa Azahar
Aeroport de Castelló
|Statue in the airport built in 2012|
|IATA: none – ICAO: LEDS|
|Serves||Castellón de la Plana|
|Location||Vilanova d'Alcolea, Benlloch|
|Elevation AMSL||350 m / 1,145 ft|
Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Castellón-Costa Azahar, Valencian: Aeroport de Castelló), (ICAO: LEDS) is an airport in Vilanova d'Alcolea and Benlloch in Spain. The airport was officially declared "open" by local authorities in March 2011 despite having no airlines signed up to land there, nor government approval to operate. Delayed for several years and at a current cost of €150 million, commercial flights were due to begin on 1 April 2012, as of June 2013[update], there have been none.
A $375,000, 24 metre tall statue of Carlos Fabra, the formerly powerful local politician who was the driving force behind its construction, was erected in the airport. Fabra has been under judicial investigation in connection with several cases of corruption and tax evasion.
The airport has a single runway (06/24), 2,700 m (8,858 ft) long and 45 m (147 ft) wide which could service national and international commercial flights (regular and charter). In February 2012, El País reported that modifications would have to be made to the runway before the airport could be brought into use. It was then later reported that the runway was to be dug up entirely.
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- Fiona, Movan (2012-02-15). "Spanish 'ghost' airport's unused runway to be dug up". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
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