Construction work on Corvera Airport has been stopping and starting for a number of years with many people buying newly constructed property close by after being told it would open in 2007. Several deadlines have come and gone with typical reasons given as lack of funding, inability to agree air space and time, problems with developers, paperwork incomplete, etc, etc.
The region is currently being served by San Javier Airport about 30 minutes from Alicante airport. But this airport only offers limited passenger transport because it is also a military airport and air space has to be shared with their operations.
It has been confirmed that the latest delays (problems with sharing of air space with a school based at San Javier) have been overcome and commercial flights will start operating from the airport in April 2013. It is also likely that its name will be Murcia International Airport.
The so far ill fated (also subject to a number of delays) new Paramount Theme Park is now hoping to open in 2015. This means that the number of tourists to the area will increase dramatically and a new airport is needed to cope with the anticipated passenger traffic.
As far at the airlines operating and destinations being served, Jet2 is the only one that has so far confirmed with its staff from Murcia San Javier being transferred there.
It is not yet clear how the transition of operations from San Javier to Corvera will happen, but it is believed that the base will become a military one when Corvera opens and all passenger flights will be moved there. If this does happen, it means that easyJet will fly from Bristol and London Gatwick: Ryanair from London Stansted: Jetair Fly from Brussels Charleroi and Air Nostrum to Madrid.
Murcia's President has said that Corvera Airport is "about to open" with two million passengers travelling to it every year as soon as Spain is over the worse of its financial crisis.
After all the problems and delays I am afraid I am still not convinced ...
By Linda Craik Google+