This abandoned ghost airport in India cost $17 million to build

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India Abandoned Airport JaisalmerREUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Located in northwestern India, Jaisalmer Airport was completed more than two years ago at a cost of $17 million. At a time when the spanking new facility should be welcoming hundreds of thousands of passengers per year, it sits abandoned. In fact, the airport has yet to operate a single day.

According to Reuters, Jaisalmer is one of more than 200 no-frills airports planned by India's previous government. They were meant to encourage travel and commerce in far-flung parts of the Indian sub-continent.

However, in many cases, local political greed won out over reason and airports were placed in locations where there simply isn't enough demand for air travel to warrant a full-scale airport.

In fact, Jaisalmer is one of eight airports the Indian Government has constructed over the past decade at a cost of more than $50 million to have never entered service, Reuters reports.

Why aren't airports such Jaisalmer in business?

According to Reuters, one reason is because airlines can't open routes to these small under-developed areas. The domestic Indian market is incredibly competitive and for a route to have any chance of profitability, it has to either fly to or from one of the country's mega cities.

This means that in order for an airline to open a route to Jaisalmer, it has to originate in a major hub such as Delhi or Mumbai. However, airports in these cities are incredibly congested and the precious space there is at these facilities are prioritized for more profitable destinations. As a result, the less populated locales remain perpetually underserved.

Here's closer look at India's brand new ghost airport.

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Jaisalmer is located near the Pakistani border in the province of Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer is located near the Pakistani border in the province of Rajasthan.

It's a desert town known for its tourism and natural beauty. However, it's also sparsely populated.

It's a desert town known for its tourism and natural beauty. However, it's also sparsely populated.

According to the Economic Times, the airport was supposed to open for business in August 2013.

According to the Economic Times, the airport was supposed to open for business in August 2013.

Economic Times.

But it never did.

But it never did.

Today, the abandoned Jaisalmer Airport sits as a reminder of the massive waste caused by poorly planned development.

Today, the abandoned Jaisalmer Airport sits as a reminder of the massive waste caused by poorly planned development.

Here's what the airport looks like today.

Here's what the airport looks like today.

The arrival and departure lanes are empty. They should be filled with buses, cars, and Taxis.

The arrival and departure lanes are empty. They should be filled with buses, cars, and Taxis.

This door leads to the check-in area.

This door leads to the check-in area.

No tourists here.

No tourists here.

This baggage carousel sits idle.

This baggage carousel sits idle.

As are these baggage carts.

As are these baggage carts.

No one has ever used these dusty seats.

No one has ever used these dusty seats.

These dusty bathroom sinks are also brand new.

These dusty bathroom sinks are also brand new.

Outside, the desert environment is taking its toll on the airport.

Outside, the desert environment is taking its toll on the airport.

The roads are in poor condition.

The roads are in poor condition.

The solar panels stand dormant.

The solar panels stand dormant.

The airport's only visitor on this day is a stray dog.

The airport's only visitor on this day is a stray dog.

Bones from a dead animal sit on a road leading to the airport.

Bones from a dead animal sit on a road leading to the airport.

Someone mounted satellite dishes to the outer wall of the airport.

Someone mounted satellite dishes to the outer wall of the airport.

However, Jaisalmer Airport is not beyond saving. In fact, from afar, it looks like quite a nice facility.

However, Jaisalmer Airport is not beyond saving. In fact, from afar, it looks like quite a nice facility.
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