Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport

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This article is about the new airport in Benlloch. For the older general aviation airport in Castellon de la Plana, see Castellón Airport.
Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport
Aeropuerto de Castellón-Costa Azahar
Aeroport de Castelló
El hombre avión.JPG
Statue in the airport built in 2012
Airport type Private
Owner/Operator Aerocas
Serves Castellón de la Plana
Location Vilanova d'Alcolea, Benlloch
Elevation AMSL 350 m / 1,145 ft
Coordinates 40°12′35″N 0°04′11″E / 40.20972°N 0.06972°E / 40.20972; 0.06972Coordinates: 40°12′35″N 0°04′11″E / 40.20972°N 0.06972°E / 40.20972; 0.06972
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 8,858 2,700

Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Castellón-Costa Azahar, Valencian: Aeroport de Castelló), (ICAO: LEDS)[1][2]is an airport in Vilanova d'Alcolea and Benlloch in Spain. The airport was officially declared "open" by local authorities in March 2011, shortly before regional elections and as total cost reached €150 million,[3] despite having neither airlines signed up to land there nor government approval to operate. Delayed for several years, commercial flights were due to begin on 1 April 2012,[4] but as of December 2014, there have been none.[3]

The airport has become a symbol of the wasteful spending that has helped sink Spain deep into a recession and a banking crisis.[5] The airport was, for instance, recently found to have spent 26 million euros sponsoring various sports teams in its region.[6]

A $375,000, 24 metre tall statue, often interpreted as a representation 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.[5]

Spanish newspaper ABC has reported that those in charge of the airport are hoping that low-cost airline Ryanair will also fly to and from Castellon.[7]

Finally, on January 14, 2015, a first, and up to now only, flight departed from Castellón-Costa Azahar. Air Nostrum charter flight YW2003 carried the Villarreal CF football team, which is sponsored by the airport itself, to San Sebastián for their Copa del Rey match against Real Sociedad.


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.[8] It was then later reported that the runway was to be dug up entirely.[9]


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