In the UK, we don't abandon any buildings for long. We have so little land that we have to make use of all of it all the time so we convert old retail outlets into new homes and run historic properties as tourist attractions. Abandoned airfields are given a new purpose like the one in Northampton that was converted from a Second World War airfield into the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit that plays hosts to Formula One each year. In other countries where there's more land, airports are left to rot and ruin whenever they become commercially unviable.
Berlin Tempelhof, Germany
The first airport we're going to look at was constructed in 1923. Back then Berlin Tempelhof was the largest airport in the world. Along with Croydon Airport and the old Paris–Le Bourget Airport, it was one of Europe's three biggest airports before the Second World War. One of its best features was the canopy-style roof shown in our lead image which allowed passengers to disembark from their planes while being protected from the elements. At one time it was one of the largest buildings on Earth. Despite protests and a non-binding referendum, Tempelhof closed for good in October 2008
Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport, Spain
For some, Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport is just a symbol of the vast spending that sunk Spain into debt. For others, the airport is a massively wasted opportunity. It was officially opened in March 2011 after €150,000,000 was spent creating it. The project was born bad as airlines hadn't signed up for it and the government hadn't given its approval either so no wonder there were several delays. The first commercial flight was due to leave on 1 April 2012 however that didn't happen. Instead, the airport was first used for a commercial flight three years and 11 months after it officially opened. The airport is not abandoned but it's rarely used so it may as well be. Ryanair flies from there as do a couple of very small airlines.