Ghost Town Airport gets new lease of life

What to do with an abandoned airport? That’s what the owners of Ciudad Real transport hub were thinking up until very recently.

Built south of Spain’s capital Madrid, it was meant to be a huge rival to the city’s airport, but the business collapsed after three years amid the spiralling economic crisis. Now the airport has found a new use… in an unlikely place. Award winning film maker Pedro Almodovar will use the airport for his newest comedy, featuring none other than Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

There’s now a life size model plane on the runway, for a scene of an emergency landing. The so called ghost town airport has seen little activity since it closed in May this year. It’s thought the airport, which is still staffed by a skeleton crew will not return to commercial use any time soon, but with Almodovar, who was born in the municipality of Ciudad Real, getting on board, you never know what the future holds.

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