Airports are busy establishments. With millions of people traveling around the world, who would have thought that airports get abandoned, too?
Every place has their story to tell, including the abandoned airports. Here are the 17 abandoned airports and the reasons why it was closed.
1. Nicosia International Airport, Cyprus
It is Cyprus’s most important airport, however, after Turkey’s invasion, it has become a no-man’s land.
2. Johnston Atoll Airport, USA
Found on a small island in Hawaii, this airport was a US military base with an underground hospital. After the Japanese attack during World War II, it’s never used again.
3. Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport, Spain
Not technically abandoned, this airport was declared officially open in March 2011 but no flight has been recorded until recently.
4. Don Quijote Airport, Spain
Ciudad Real Central (official name) is Spain’s first and last private international airport, which reportedly cost about €1.1 billion. It closed in 2012.
5. Berlin Tempelhof, Germany
Berlin-Tempelhof used to be world’s largest building before the Pentagon. After shutting down, the airport building has become an events place, and the Tempelhof Field is now Berlin’s largest public park.
6. Croydon Airport, UK
Famously known for being the first airport with air traffic control.
7. RAF Binbrook, UK
Used by RAF bombers during World War 2 up to the 1980’s. It was also the film set of the movie Memphis Belle.
8. Gaza International Airport, Gaza Strip
Opened in 1998 but in 2001, Israeli forces bombed its facilities and later, bulldozed its runway.
9. Stapleton International Airport, USA
In 1997, a storm caused severe damage to its infrastructure forcing it to close. What one can find now is just remnants of the past.
10. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, USA
Scenes from the iconic movie Independence Day where shot on this airfield. It closed in 1999.
11. Galeville, Shawangunk, USA
This is the smallest military airfield in upstate NY and was a military academy.
12. Floyd Bennett Field, New York, USA
It’s one of New York’s significant airport back in the day but now a public park.
13. Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, USA
This airport served Austin City from 1928 to 1999. The only thing that’s left is its old control tower.
14. Kai Tak International Airport, Hong Kong
Kai Tak International Airport is one of the most notorious for landings and take off in the world from 1925 to 1988.
15. Montreal Mirabel Airport, Canada
It became a white elephant for the government due to few travelers, causing it to stop its operation. Since then it starred in the movie The Terminal and is used now as a testing ground.
16. RAF Upper Heyford Airport, UK
In 1915, this airport kicked off as an RFC airbase and later on became an RAF bomber base. The US Air Force rented this airbase after the World War II but is now unutilized after handing it back.
17. David Monthan Airfield, Arizona, USA
Considered as the world’s most massive boneyard as it is where the Navy, US Army, Coast Guard and Marines lay to rest their old and broken aircraft bodies.
Have you once seen any of these airports on their splendor?
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