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Who Flies to Castellón Airport?

Located near Vilanova d’Alcolea, Cabanes and Beniloc in Spain, just 5km from the sandy beaches of Costa del Azahar, Castellon Airport (CDT) was officially opened in March 2011, however it wasn’t until September 2015 that a recognised airlines brought a regular route to the airport. Ryanair offer services to and from Castellon Airport from Stansted airport with regular routes from London’s capital on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airline used to run a service from Bristol Airport also, but that was shelved in 2018 due to lack of demand.

who flies to castellon airport

The good news for the airport and the region is that other low cost carriers are now taking up slots at the airport. No doubt commercially attractive as the airport desperately tries to become profitable, the only way for the airport to survive is to attract new airlines and bring more passengers to the region. At present the region is served by Valencia Airport, approximately 100km to the south, Barcelona Airport, 200km northeast and Zaragoza Airport, 200km northwest, all well served by budget airlines and premium carriers from all over the world. As of April 2019 however, Wizz Air will operate a route to Castellon Airport from Bucharest and Blue Air will also bring a seasonal service from the capital of Romania.

Castellon Airport Ryanair

Can you rent a car at Castellon Airport?

Of course, we offer great value car hire at Cestellon Airport, however due the lack of airlines serving the airport it’s not been very well received by the major car rental brands. Whereas you’ll find brands like Avis, Europcar, Budget and Hertz throughout airports in Spain, you’ll only find Goldcar at Castellon Airport, however considering the lack of competition, prices remain very competitive as Goldcar are widely known for very low prices. You’ll find the rental desk within the airport terminal. If you’re looking for an alternative supplier a short taxi ride from the airport to Castellon train station will present more options. The following rental agents are available from the station;
  • Budget Car Rental
  • Enterprise Car Rental
  • Alamo Car Rental
  • Keddy Car Rental
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Europcar

The Story of Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport

Whilst the official opening date of March 2011 will go down in history, the airport facility was never going to have an easy start in life. Whilst during the early 2000’s, Spain’s economy was riding high on the back of tourism, the global financial crisis of 2008 hit the economy hard. The airport project was deemed to far along to cancel as the 150 million EUR total cost was largely spent. The authorities continued with the project only for a severe lack of demand to leave the brand new facility without a single airline willing to offer a route there. To add to it’s woes, the airport needed a new runway within 12 months of opening, the original runway deemed inadequate.

The brainchild of former local politician, Carlos Fabra, who pushed for the project to proceed, a statue costing approximately 350,000 EUR was commission and erected outside of the airport. It was later reported that he was being investigated for corruption and tax evasions and was sentenced to 4 years in prison in December 2014, however statue remains in place today.

Due to its limited routes and airlines offered, Castellon Airport featured on our list of the worlds weirdest airports for its apparent waste of tax payers money, indeed its construction was viewed as one of the reasons Spain fell into financial difficulties for irresponsible government spending on infrastructure projects. Another such airport is the fabled Murcia Corvera Airport which sat dormant for nearly 6 years until finally opening to commercial flights in January 2019 with a schedule offered by Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, Flybe, Norwegian and TUI.

Phil Partridge
Posted: January 16, 2019 by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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