On Saturday morning Jaimie García-Legaz formally signed the contract for the operation and maintenance of Corvera Airport for a term of 25 years alongside Murcia’s President, Fernando López Miras.
López Miras also confirmed that the airport will be named after Juan de la Cierva, the inventor of the autogyro.
ON signing the contract AENA President, Jaime García-Legaz, said that the airport will be ready to operate from December. However, the specific timing of the commencement of flights will depend on the airlines, although he believes that it will not be beyond that date.
The process of certification of facilities and controls by the State Security Agency will get underway today, Monday, and will take several months, although during this period, a plan to attract the interest of airlines will be initiated in parallel.
The transition of civil operations from the current San Javier airport to Corvera will be led by Mariano Menor, and flights will not overlap, that is, one day the last flight will depart from San Javier and the next will be the first flight from Corvera, explained García-Legaz.
He also added that neither San Javier employees nor franchise holders and contractors should have any concerns about the move stating that Corvera airport will be a first class airport that it will be in the same league as Alicante airport. He added, “the Region of Murcia has nothing to envy Alicante over from the tourist point of view.”
It is also understood that Corvera will generate more jobs than San Javier, and will function for longer hours, mainly because its operations will no longer be limited by the military.
The airport will have capacity to accommodate about 4 million passengers a year, figures that will strengthen the tourism and economic growth of the Murcia community.