Beja airport in situated in the middle of the Alentejo region in southern Portugal. The cost of the construction and the building of the airport was 33 million euro’s. The airport is managed and run by ANA, Portugal’s national airport operators.
The Portuguese wonder why there economy as virtually no economic grow at all. Well here is a prime example of complete waste and incompetence, which may help to explain why the Portuguese economy is sinking like a lead weight in water? After spending 33 million which the country can not afford, what do the Portuguese get in return? – one flight per week, on a Sunday? That’s right only one flight per week lands at Beja airport from Heathrow airport.
Its been named the ‘Ghost Airport’ in Portugal, because it is basically a ghost town with no planes, no passengers, no luggage, not nothing? I have actually visited the airport and it as a eerie echo and silence that is more like a church than any airport I have used. What do the staff do running the airport? Luggage handlers, air traffic controllers, check in staff, do they all just play cards or domino’s all week just waiting for that one flight to land on a Sunday? Sunday the airport functions for 2 hours like a real airport and then returns back to its hibernation state?
Financial waste and incompetence as become so common in Portugal that hardly anyone bothers to complain or ask questions any more? The country can ill afford to waste 33 million euro’s on a ghost airport in the middle of Alentejo. Why cannot someone with an ounce of initiative pick up the phone and talk to EasyJet or Ryanair and get flights landing at the airport, the main obstacle I imagine will be the red tape, the bureaucracy, and the politics, and then someone will suggest lets set up a ‘special committee’ to investigate the problem? That should take a couple of years to publish its ‘report’ and findings? Thats if the airport is still financially solvent, and not bankrupt by then?
Beja airport was built to boost and inject economic vibrance and vitality into the Alentejo region for the hotels, cafe’s, leisure industry etc through tourism. Don’t hold your breath, the only living, live things in the airport are the spiders building there cobwebs, taking up residence within the Beja airport terminal. Spotting a real passenger in the airport is like trying to spot a Dodo bird? The Dodo bird is already extinct, and the travelling passenger at Beja airport is on the endangered list?
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