25th May 2012, 09:21
From the DT
Spain to close up to 30 state-run airports - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9288873/Spain-to-close-up-to-30-state-run-airports.html)
More like Don Quijote airport?
Spainís closed Don Quijote airport helps explain Europeís economic crisis | McClatchy (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/05/03/147646/spains-closed-don-quijote-airport.html)
25th May 2012, 09:57
Spain to close up to 30 state-run airports
Do you work for the Daily Telegraph, if so you should use inverted commas. The article does not mention closures, only potential partial closures, but I suppose that's not quite so exciting.
25th May 2012, 15:26
Very poor journalism by The Daily Telegraph, lots of ifs and buts as mentioned above. The reporter mentions Badajoz - last commercial service in January - WRONG - new airline Helitt operate services to Barcelona and Palma with ATRs. Also Badajoz is a military airfield as are a number of Spanish airports for example Reus.
I would have expected something like this from the Daily Mail but not the Telegraph!
25th May 2012, 18:18
Like you I live in Spain, I read the article this morning and despite the bad reporting, it's no less of a shocker than it was to hear that over 2000 Spanish municipalities are so weighed down in debt it could take some over 7000 years to pay it off.
We are all wall aware that there has been a massive amount of over investment in Spanish infrastructure - in all sectors. Private investors and more worryingly Provincial Governments (Valencia for example) have invested billions of Euros whom cannot necessarily now afford it. Some of these projects have been poorly planned and ruinous - Ciudad Real and Castellon; I'm still trying to get my head around why Covera was built and why Cordoba needs a runway extension.
If the financial bubble had not burst, not one word would be said about these projects; unfortunately it has and it is glaringly obvious that in many cases Spain has taken advantage of cheap loans and its politicians have taken the piss with public/EU funds. There now has to be some kind of rationalisation of Spanish Airports (whether it's partial or total facility closure). However the EU has to investigate why Spain was allowed to spend, apparently, without any thought to how they would pay. Unfortunately we all know this will not happen, just incase they manage to implicate themselves.
I try to utilise my local airport Jerez as much as possible (flying 2-4 times a month to Madrid and onwards). If Jerez closes (doubtful) I will just have to switch to Gib, Malaga or Seville. Part/Full time closure of some Spanish Airports is a reality, it's not going to go away
25th May 2012, 19:07
If you want to criticise the accuracy of the article, then at very least you want to ! get your contrary or supplementary facts right !
Reus was indeed originally a military airfield (dating from SCW I believe) and did in its original years of commercial use operate as a joint-use facility but it has not had any military presence for about a decade I would suggest without checking anywhere. Maybe it's just 7 or 8 years ! Or maybe nearer 15 years !!
25th May 2012, 19:19
I think you will find that the name "Ryanair" features strongly in proposed/cancelled routes at quite a few of these airfields.
Why anyone builds an airport on the words of MOL is unbelievable!
25th May 2012, 19:51
No doubt the thrust of the ToryGraph article is to highlight the evil of public investment in infrastructure. Whilst I am a supporter of the latter, my local airport MAN being a good example of how it can be successfully and profitably done, I have watched agog at how the Spanish have poured countless billions of Euros into airport projects with no apparent consideration of the cost vs benefit. They have built vastly over-specified airports at Madrid and Barcelona, magnificent showpieces I am sure, but these are tax-paying democracies, not the system they have in the Gulf where oil dirhams are sunk into projects at the Sheik's bidding. Barajas has a multitude of runways and parallel taxiways yet is one of the most delay-prone airports in Europe. That, and Air Traffic Controllers earning 250000 Euros p.a. (when they are not on strike) is indeed an example of public industry in need of a serious health check. I could write for the ToryGraph!