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You Could Own A Spanish 'Ghost Airport,' For A Small Fee Of 100 Million Euros

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CIUDAD REAL, SPAIN - JULY 06: The visitor?s centre of Cuidad Real International Airport stands dormant after closing in April 2012, when all scheduled flights ceased to operate to or from it, on July 6, 2012 in Ciudad Real, Spain. The large international airport, which was completed in 2009 at a cost of 1.1 billion euros, was intended to serve both Madrid and the Andalucían coast, accessible in 50 minutes via a high speed rail link, however lack of demand driven by Spain?s economic crisis has | Oli Scarff via Getty Images
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MADRID (AP) — A barely used Spanish airport that cost some 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) to build and became a symbol of the country's wasteful spending ahead of an economic downturn has gone on sale for a minimum price of 100 million euros.

Ciudad Real's Central airport, about 235 kilometers (150 miles) south of Madrid, opened in 2008. The airport's operator went bankrupt last year after it failed to draw enough traffic, becoming known as one of the country's "ghost airports."

Its construction was heavily funded by the Caja Castilla La Mancha savings bank — the first of Spain's troubled savings banks to be bailed out, in 2010.

Spanish news agency Europa Press said the company's receiver put the airport up for sale Monday and is accepting offers until Dec. 27.

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