Spain has always been Britain's favourite tourist destination and has also been popular with other European countries and increasingly with Russians in recent years.
So it is unsurprising that the country's government
decided to invest in more airports when Spain was at the height of its boom.
However, the public sector has been slammed for reckless
public spending which is contributing to the country's financial woes after it
emerged up to 30 of the 47 state-run airports only deal with 100,000 passengers
One airport - Badajoz, near the Portuguese border - saw
its last commercial flight take off in January, according to the Daily
Another in Huesca, near the Pyrenees, is open - complete
with restaurants - despite flights only coming in during the winter months for
The Ministry of Industry is working with AENA, Spain's
airport association, will look to reduce operating hours at three-quarters of
the airports in a bid to cut costs without closing them altogether.
It is thought staff numbers will be reduced unless flights
are due in a a skeleton staff will be on hand for emergencies.
'We are analysing each one, airport by airport, to find
where we can make cost-cutting,' said a spokesman from AENA.
Airportsat Valladolid, Burgos, Salamanca and Leon have all
been put on an 'at risk' list.
But the president of AENA's airport agency, José Manuel
Vargas, said: 'It doesn't make sense to close infrastructures when they have
already been built.'
It is now just Spain's state-run airports that have been
In Ciudad Real, just north of Madrid, it had been hoped an
airport would supply a second way for passengers to reach the capital.
But late last year the hopeful to rival Madrid Barajas was
cut from many routes due to lack of demand.
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