There is something about abandoned places that make them eerily yet still strikingly beautiful at the same time. Seeing these places can make you wonder about the story and the mystery that lies behind them. Places that are always bustling with activity seem like the least likely places to be abandoned. And yet, it is these places that produce the most mystery and most amazing view once all human activity departs from it. That’s why abandoned airports are truly eye-catching and a subject of interest. What could have happened to these magnificent places that led them to be forsaken? Airports are, after all, the area where people from all around the world gather for a couple of hours or so. If you’re wondering as well, here are eight of the most amazing abandoned airports around the world.
- Castellón—Costa Azahar Airport, Spain
This 150 million euro airport did not even get the chance to welcome or to say goodbye to its first commercial flight when it was opened in 2011. The freshly-abandoned airport features Carlos Fabra statue, the local politician behind the airport’s construction, who was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion and corruption.
- Kai Tak International Airport, Hong Kong
The Kai Tak International Airport was actually the main airport in Hong Kong since 1925 before it closed down in 1998 and all traffic moved to Hong Kong International Airport, which is located just 30 miles away.
- Nicosia International Airport, Cyprus
Nicosia International Airport was once the busiest and most important airport in Cyprus. However, due to the Turkish invasion, the airport shut down and was abandoned in 1974. Since then, the area has become a no-man’s land wherein neither Greeks nor Turks are allowed access on its soil.
- Don Quijote Airport, Spain
Spain’s first and last private international airport took form in Don Quijote Airport, officially known as Ciudad Real Central, which went bust and closed down in April 2012. It was originally built as an alternative to Madrid-Barajas in the 1990s and it cost 1.1 billion to complete. However, it did not last for more than 4 months as the airport filed for bankruptcy with more than $340 million in debt.
- Johnston Atoll Airport, USA
Several hundred miles south of Hawaii, you’ll find a small atoll situated on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The airport used to be a U.S. military base for most of the 20th century and home to 400 men before it closed down in 2005. It even had its own underground hospital.
- Berlin Tempelhof, Germany
Berlin Tempelhof was built in 1923 and was the largest building in the world before the Pentagon was constructed. It played a major role in the Berlin Airlift but since it became out-dated over the years, it eventually shut down on October 31, 2008. Currently, Tempelhof Field serves as the largest park in the city and its airport buildings are often used to host special events such as fashion shows or raves.
- Croydon Airport, England
Croydon Airport is said to be one of the three most iconic airports in Europe before World War 2, along with Bourget in Paris and Templehof in Berlin. The airport shut down in 1959 but the old terminal Airport House still stands, decorated by a De Havilland Heron. Croydon Airport is famous for being the first airport with air traffic control.
- Ellinikon International Airport, Athens, Greece
Many events have taken place in the Ellinikon International Airport since it opened. For one, it was quickly taken over by the Nazis when it opened and it was used as one of the bases during World War 2. It also became the home of Olympic airlines with some of the decommissioned airliners, such as a 747 jumbo jet, still sitting in the area. The airport, located four miles outside of Athens, shut down in 2001 when the new Athens airport for the 2004 Olympics opened.