Latest news Corvera and San Javier airports.
On Saturday 24th February, after many years of discussion, AENA signed the management contract for the new International Airport of the Region of Murcia, located in Corvera.
AENA will take possession of the airport, inspect the facilities and equipment, discuss staff being employed from Murcia San Javier airport, and have to get the proper authorisations from the State Air Safety Agency. Apart from dealing with the external logistical network, AENA has to organise all airport services, the state services (including the Schengen Border, Airport Security, Foreign Health and Customs inspection services), air navigation and air traffic management, emergencies and airport security. As well as this there are important guarantees to provide, insurance and airport certification. This is all going to take time and at the moment there has not been any news about when Murcia San Javier will actually close. The contract of AENA is for a period of 25 years and is said to create 20,000 direct and indirect jobs.
When might Corvera airport open?
Despite all the paperwork that needs to be done, plus the enormous task of moving staff and processes over from San Javier airport, it is reported that the new airport will be up and running by the end of 2018! But if I was a betting woman, I would be laying money it will be well into 2019.
Work is also currently being done on the transport network that will allow passengers to easily access and exit from the airport, including the times and prices of bus lines to the airport from many different places, as well which taxis will be able to operate at Corvera (there is currently a big dispute between San Javier taxis and Murcia taxis as who will be allowed to operate there). Numbers of taxis at airports are strictly controlled. They are estimating 80 will be given licences. We can be sure that illegal taxis if caught, will be heavily penalised.
Although many of us are sad about the developments, there are positives to the Corvera airport opening;
- For example, it has been mentioned of flights now being possible to Northern Spain and France from Corvera using the Spanish low-cost airline Volotea, which may start flights in the Spring of 2019, and possibly including Asturias, Bilbao, Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseille.
- Corvera will compete with Alicante-Elche and will be able to offer far more flights than San Javier to international destinations.
- It will be backed by the new AVE high-speed train line to and fro Madrid for those destinations further afield, similar to Alicante.
- It will help the region to become an even greater tourist centre to compete with Almeria and Malaga further south. The growth will reflect well on Murcia and Orihuela.
- There will not only be new job opportunities within the airport but also within the hotel and tourist industry.
- Another huge benefit to the area is more flights mean more people and that should push up property prices in the years to come.
There still seems to be no news on when Murcia – San Javier airport could close, but I think it may be well into next year, if at all (we hope) and it will be felt with much sadness by many of us.