Ryanair has announced plans which will make it the first airline to operate scheduled flights from the Spanish “ghost airport” of Castellón, which has laid dormant since it was completed in the depths of the economic crisis in 2011. This is the 24th Spanish airport on the company’s roster.

From September 2015 the airline will offer a three-times-weekly service to London Stansted and a twice-weekly service to Bristol to the airport, located in the Valencia region. It has introduced a starting price of €31.99 on the first batch of bookings, from 15 September to 10 December.

The facility was commissioned by the former head of the provincial authority Carlos Fabra, who was later jailed for tax fraud, and has long been regarded as a white elephant and a reminder of wasteful government spending during Spain’s construction boom at the start of this century. Until recently, the €150m airport was used only for private charter flights.