According to Spanish media reports, officials in the country’s capital, Madrid, have shelved plans to construct a $235 million general aviation airport south of the city in El Alamo. Citing budget cuts and demand forecasts, the administration of regional President Esperanza Aguirre is seeking to close Aeropuertos de Madrid, the government-owned agency that had completed the airport’s construction design plans. According to the Spanish Executive Aviation Association (Aesave), last year there were approximately 9,000 flights by business jets in Spain, half of them through the Madrid region.
Torrejón de Ardoz
One of the biggest problems for Spanish business aviation operations from Madrid is the thorny issue of Barajas airport. Six years ago business aviation operators had to relocate “temporarily” from Madrid Barajas airport to Torrejón NATO military base, where operators share facilities with the air force.