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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
Name of conflict:Ciudad Real airport, Spain
State or province:Castilla la Mancha
Location of conflict:Ciudad 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 commodities:Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project details

4,000 m length runway.

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Project area:1,234.45
Level of Investment for the conflictive project1,460,000,000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Company names or state enterprises:Grupo Isolux Corsán S.A from Spain
León Triviño Construcciones y Obras Públicas S.A from Spain
Sacyr from Spain
Relevant government actors:Regional Government of Castilla la Mancha., Diputacion de Ciudad Real., City councils of the municipalities.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Seo Birdlife, Ecologistas en accion
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Creation 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: 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-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Withdrawal of company/investment
Proposal and development of alternatives:- Another location.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain: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 & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Management Plan for the Special Bird Protected Area (ZEPA):
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

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Airport Watch:
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Article in BBC:
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Article in The Guardian:
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Several articles about airports in Spain (Spanish):
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Daily Mail image gallery:
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Other comments:- Specific blog on the airport (in Spanish):
Meta information
Contributor:Alfred Burballa Noria
Last update24/08/2018
Conflict ID:9
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