With limited capacity for civil aviation and also being used as military base development of the original airport at Murcia - San Javier was never really a viable option.
Many rumours and assumptions had circulated over the last few years about the way forwards and a new airport normally referred to as Corvera being put into service…it happened.
Corvera Airport Murcia (RMU) was officially opened by Spain’s King Felipe VI on the 15th of January 2019, however it was originally built between 2008 and 2012 and stayed dormant for a number of years.
Its official address is Valladolises y Lo Juardo Avenida de Espana Numero 101, 30154
The timeline for the opening was never simple, a report in La Verdad in the week of the 13th December 2015 suggested that the airport would be “open in” 2017. Prior to this the existing management contract was withdrawn from Aeromur the following year a new Murcian Government came to power and stated that they could not put a date on the opening.
In December 2016 the new Murcian President had talks with the Spanish carrier Volotea who showcased the airport at the London travel fair. Problems still arose the existing airport at San Javier was under the management of the state owned AENA who were continuing to invest in the airport and continuing to open new routes. The general consensus was that Corvera Airport would not be viable as long as San Javier stays open.
Then in November 2017 the Murcian regional government announced it would be awarding the management contract for Corvera to AENA and that San Javier will close with flights transferred. April 2018 saw confirmation that Corvera will open in January 2019.
The airport building extends over 37,000 square meters.
A well designed facility with the ability to be expanded and celebrating its first operational birthday in January this year. The airport terminal building extends over 37,000 square meters, within the main hall there are 24 check-in counters in addition there is a separate check-in for special luggage requirements.
Through the main hall leading to departures there are 3 double security checkpoints, once through there are nine boarding gates in total. Six of which are for non-Schengen countries and three for Schengen zone destinations. The Schengen zone is made up of 26 European states that do not have border controls between them.
Baggage reclaim has three carousels and a dedicated area for special baggage requirements, ease and comfort of transit through the airport has been well catered for with 17 lifts and multiple strategically placed information screens to assist the traveller. The customary range of services and amenities that you would expect from a 21st century airport are there with further planning for future additional amenities in place.
AENA , the management company of Corvera Airport Murcia manage 46 airports of which 15 operate internationally. They have a long history providing assistance for particular requirements of some less mobile travellers and they ensure a problem free transit through the terminal on to your flight.
With a diverse choice of cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and Spanish gourmet eateries, Iberica Shop has a presence here and has a tasting section in the delicatessen. The traveller is well catered for in many ways, Internationally known brands such as Subway and Costa Coffee are here and SEMBA a more typical restaurant setting with an external terrace to enjoy the warm climate.
Pre-flight shopping has not been excluded and several contracts have been awarded to well- known retailers with announcements to follow. UK travellers would be pleased to know there is a W.H. Smiths already open.
There are a good number of ATM’s available throughout the airport where you can withdraw euros using most major credit and debit cards.
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With airlines like easyjet, Jet2, Norwegian Air, Ryanair TUI fly (Belguim), Volotea and Vueling
travel to and from the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca from the numerous airports of the UK and Europe is simple.
Corvera Airport is a new facility that now, and in the future, will make travel to our region easy for the community of international homeowners that have found here in the south of Spain their perfect place to be.
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