THE Ciudad Real in La Mancha, was the star of Top Gear recently, when the three presenters visited the empty terminal building and raced their cars on the closed runway.
The building which cost €1.1bn was closed in 2012, after the management declared itself bankrupt – just four years in operation.
The airport is now in administration, and the judge has said the site needs to be sold off, and has suggested a sale of €100m. However, anyone buying the site will also have to pay the €529m debt.
The airport, 100 miles south of Madrid, has barely been used and boasts a runway long enough to land an Airbus A380 – the world’s largest airliner.
Ten million passengers a year were expected to pass through its 28,000 sq ft terminal. But It opened during one of the worst recessions ever seen, with Spain particularly hard-hit.
Caja Castilla La Mancha, which was believed to have held a 70pc stake in the airport, was the first of the country’s local savings banks to fail.
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