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From the outside, Beja international airport looks clean and snazzy. Inside, the six check-in desks, car rental services and tourist information office are all ready to serve you.
However, there is one problem. For the moment, few people fly there. The runway, an impressive 3.4 kilometres long, stands empty.
Since the airport was opened in 2011, after over a year of delay, just over 5,000 passengers on fewer than 200 flights have passed through the arrival gates.
Airport director Pedro Neves told EUobserver that 90 flights are expected to come in and out of Beja in 2013 – equivalent to just under two per week.
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