Creepiest abandoned airports in the world including Nazi-built terminals and destroyed runways

SOME of the first airports to have been built in the world have now been abandoned and laid to waste.

As more people travelled and planes grew bigger, many airports were left unable to cope with the fast growth.

Other reasons for them being abandoned included a lack of airline interest, political upheaval within the country or being badly located in relation to the cities.

Here are some of the creepiest terminals and runways left to rot and decay.

Nicosia International Airport, Cyprus

Built in the 1930s, the Nicosia International Airport was once used as a military airfield before being used domestically, once carrying up to 800,000 passengers a year.

However Turkish forces invaded the island in 1974 and the demilitarised area was located through the airport and remains today as the centre of the Turkish Cypriot area in the north and the Greek Cypriot in the south.

This led to it being abandoned and the terminals and lounges left to decay and rot, with access to the public limited due to government use.

Ciudad Real Central Airport, Spain

Also known as Don Quijote Airport, Ciudad Real Central Airport opened in 2008 and was meant to be the first private airport in Spain, transporting up to ten million travellers a year.

After costing nearly £1 billion to build, the airport went bankrupt in 2012, which led to the single-runway airport being abandoned.

In 2015, it was bought for just £7,000 by Chinese investors, according to El Pais.

Berlin Tempelhof, Germany

The original building of Berlin Tempelhof originated in 1923, before being taken over by Nazi-designers during the war and used for their aircraft.

It was also used in West Berlin as drop off points in 1948, as well as used throughout the Cold War thanks to it's sheer size – it measures 303 hectares (while in comparison, Monaco is just 200 hectares).

By 2008, the last commercial flight took place, and is now a public space used for skateboarding and roller discos, as well as being a listed building.

Croydon Airport, UK

Croydon Airport was needed in World War I for protection against attacking aircraft, before turning into a base for international travel and being the first location in the world to use air traffic control.

By the 1950s, the airport was too small for the amount of passengers travelling through, leading to it's closure in 1959.

The terminal is now used as a hotel and museum.

Kai Tak International Airport, Hong Kong

Some of the most terrifying plane landings once took place at Kai Tak Airport, built in 1925 on Kowloon Bay.

Surrounded by mountains, water and towering apartments, pilots would be forced to make a hard right, 47 degrees at nearly 200 miles an hour just two miles from the runway, according to Air Space Magazine, close to the buildings and busy streets.

While it was once one of the busiest single runways in the world, with up to 36 landings and take off every hour, there were some accidents with one plane ending up in the harbour.

As visitors to the city grew, the airport closed in 1998.

Ellinikon International Airport, Greece

Also known as Hellinikon, it was the international airport of Greece for over 60 years.

It was built in 1938 where it serviced the region until 2001, before the larger Eleftherios Venizelos Airport took over.

Since it's closure, it has been used for the 2004 Olympic Games and is now a home for migrants, although now has plans to spend £5.9 billion converting it to a luxury seaside resort with hotels and shops.

Yasser Arafat International Airport, Gaza Strip

First opened in 1998 in the presence of President Bill Clinton, it was the first Palestinian airport to open and was representative of hopes to become an independent state.

Despite transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers soon after its opening, the political turmoil between Palestinians and Israelis within the country led to the runway being bombed in 2001.

Further bombings took place afterwards, leaving it destroyed and unused.

Jaisalmer, India

One of the newest airports to be abandoned, Jaisalmer Airport was built in 2013 at a cost of £10.8 million in India.

However, it has never been used by airlines with lounges and baggage terminals left to get dusty.

In 2017, it was announced some local flight routes would operate through the airport such as SpiceJet.

There is also a secret airport in the world – found at Disney World.

Lake Buena Vista Airport was used until the 1980s until flights were scraped due to the small runway.

Disney executives would fly there until 2006, until the area over Disney World became a no-fly zone.

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