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Airstrip at Castellón’s plane-free airport needs to be widened

State Agency for Air Security has found that main strip is too narrow for planes to turn around

Regional officials have kept problem under wraps since April 2011

The airport in Castellón — a controversial multi-million-euro regional air facility that was inaugurated last year but hasn’t seen a single plane land — will soon see its air strips being torn up. The State Agency for Air Security has found that its main strip is too narrow for airplanes to turn around, and will have to be widened to meet regulations.

Regional officials found out about the narrow-runway problem in April 2011, when the airport was inaugurated, but kept it under wraps. The airport, the brainchild of former provincial leader Carlos Fabra, was never opened because it still doesn’t have the proper permits to receive air traffic.

The private contractor hired to run the airport for 50 years is demanding that the Valencia government reimburse the airport management firm the sum of 80 million euros for canceling its contract.