Ciudad Real airport, Spain

In April 2012, the Ciudad Real airport (central Spain) was closed after just three years in operation, its management company having gone into receivership. It had not received scheduled flights since December 2011.


Ciudad Real Airport is an airport south of Ciudad Real (central Spain). Located adjacent to the A-43 motorway, it was projected to have a connection to the Madrid–Seville high-speed rail line, making it the first Spanish airport to be linked to the AVE system. Via AVE, the airport would have been 50 minutes from central Madrid, 50 minutes from Córdoba, and less than 2 hours from Seville and Málaga.

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Basic Data
NameCiudad Real airport, Spain
ProvinceCastilla la Mancha
SiteCiudad Real, Ballesteros de Calatrava and Villar del Pozo
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Ports and airport projects
Specific CommoditiesLand
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project Details4,000 m length runway.

24,000 m2 terminal building.

2.5 million passenger/year capacity.
Project Area (in hectares)1,234.45
Level of Investment (in USD)1,460,000,000
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Company Names or State EnterprisesGrupo Isolux Corsán S.A from Spain
León Triviño Construcciones y Obras Públicas S.A from Spain
Sacyr from Spain
Relevant government actorsRegional Government of Castilla la Mancha., Diputacion de Ciudad Real., City councils of the municipalities.
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersSeo Birdlife, Ecologistas en accion
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
When did the mobilization beginLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity)
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Withdrawal of company/investment
Development of Alternatives- Another location.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Because there was no viability and the economic crisis hit hard Spain, the infrastructure stopped working and it is going to be put up in auction.
Sources and Materials

Management Plan for the Special Bird Protected Area (ZEPA):
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Article in The Guardian:
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Airport Watch:
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Article in BBC:
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Several articles about airports in Spain (Spanish):
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Media Links

Daily Mail image gallery:
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Other Documents

Source: EFE. El confidencial Ciudad Real Airport
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Source: web oficial de Turismo de Castilla-La Mancha. /WWW.TURISMOCASTILLALAMANCHA.COM Ciudad Real airport form an airplane
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Other Comments- Specific blog on the airport (in Spanish):
Meta Information
ContributorAlfred Burballa Noria
Last update24/08/2018