Since my recent(ish) visit to Tempelhof Field in Berlin, a large park that is also the site of disused Berlin-Tempelhof airport opened in 1923 and closed in 2008, it has inspired me to document some other abandoned airports around the world that you may or may not be aware of. Plus its been a long time since I’ve posted on here so I was feeling a little guilty about it…(I have been posting on my new blog though!)
Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport – Benlloch, Spain
Technically not unused now but since its official opening in March 2011 it took up until 2015 before any commercial planes actually landed there, thats 4 years of just sitting there doing nothing. I mean who spends €150 million on an airport that has has zero airlines signed up to land there and zero government approval? Then to make matters worse, in 2012 the entire runway needed dug up and a weird looking statue was erected just outside the airport. See it here.The local politician, Carlos Fabra, who was the mastermind behind this disasters construction is now in jail for tax fraud.
Kai Tak Aiport- Hong Kong
Hong Kongs International airport from 1925 to 1998 before it was replaced by a new airport several miles to the west. Situated in the Kowloon area, Kai Tak airport has now been transformed into a cruise terminal, but during its airport days it was ranked of one of the most dangerous for aircraft landings and a serious test to a pilots skills. The airport was surrounded by high rise buildings and not too far away, hills and mountains. Thought I could share a youtube video (but obviously not) so click here to see how amazingly close these planes got to the city, would of been amazing to see!
Johnston Atoll Airport- Johnston Atoll, United States Minor Outlying Islands
Just an abandoned former US military base smack bang in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Was closed in 2005 in which the runway still remains, albeit quite damaged. Probably not much fun to visit unless you like complete isolation and lots and lots of water.
Yasser Arafat International Airport – Gaza Strip
Was opened for just 3 years between 1998 – 2001 with the help of millions of dollars in foreign grants. Its downfall was the result of violence, in which Israel bombed the control tower, tore up the runway and destroyed the terminal. Just some of the outer structure and rumble remains from this promising airport.
Ciudad Real Central Airport – Ciudad Real, Spain
Back to Spain again! This time over €1 billion was spent on this private airport that was opened in mid 2010 but already facing bankruptcy by the end of that year. It was intended to be used as an overflow for Madrid’s Barajas airport, however it was nowhere near Madrid…well over 100 miles away from there. It was also meant to connect to the nearby Madrid-Seville high speed rail line, but wait, there was never such train station built! The airport was officially closed in 2012 and apparently been actioned off €10,000. Oh dear…