MINISTER CONFIRMS CLOSURE OF SAN JAVIER AIRPORT
By Mark Nolan / 2011-11-18 17:05:31
The Minister of Public Works, Antonio Sevilla, and Secretary of State for Transport, Isaías Táboas have this week signed the official agreement that effectively sees Murcia San Javier airport closed to commercial traffic.
All passenger flights will now be transferred to the new airport facility at Corvera, in the heart of a brand new development area where the likes of the new Paramount Theme park will open and already a range of hotels and tourists attractions are being built, in the hub of a new and easily accessible road network.
Despite Murcia San Javier having a new runway built only a few years ago and the redevelopment of the airport terminal buildings, an investment that cost some 60 million euro, the airport at San Javier will revert back to being one of military status under the Academia General del Aire.
The document signed between the two administrations commits both parties to promote and support the actions necessary for the "rationalization of civil traffic, while respecting the legitimate interests of Aena airports as current airport operator and its employees at the airport of Murcia San Javier ".
Both institutions have reached agreement on the importance of aviation and air transportation to economic development in the Region of Murcia, as well as to meet the connectivity needs of citizens and businesses, according to the Autonomous Community.
The Ministry of Development has been entrusted with the guardianship of the national airport authority, Aena Aeropuertos SA, who is responsible for the operation and management of airport services at airports managed by Aena, as well as civilian areas of airports which are open to civilian traffic.
The Murcia government has granted administrative concession to AEROMUR for the construction and operation of the International Airport of Murcia, which were commissioned and scheduled for completion in 2012.
The agreement made has been as a direct result of a dialogue that was opened some months ago into the viability of airport operations once the new facility is ready to open.
Meanwhile, as construction work is almost completed, the Spanish aviation safety agency, AESA, has issued notice that they will be starting inspections for the certification of Corvera airport, which will lead to the creation of a full plan and strategy of testing and licensing the airport for commercial operations.
Once the inspection period has been completed, which is expected to take a few months, it will pave the way for real flight testing to commence, as well as numerous simulations before finally being certified as a fully operational airport in the summer of 2012.