OPENING OF CORVERA AIRPORT DELAYED TO 2013
By Kevin Reardon / 2012-04-16 10:22:05
It now seems unlikely that Corvera Internatonal Airport will see any commercial airline activity until the summer of 2013 at the very earliest. The President of the Murcia Community Snr Valcarcel is reported to have told reporters from the Spanish press that his hopes for an opening in 2012 may have been a little premature.
According to La Verdad he said that the airport would have to wait until the end of this year before it could even think of starting the transfer of services and staff from San Javier and given the disappointing number of flights and routes that the airport has so far attracted this means that Corvera is unlikely to become operational until the summer of 2013 and even this depends on the satisfactory outcome of negotiations being reached between AENA and the Murcia Regional Government regarding the airport concession.
Realistically Corvera could be ready to open with the limited winter schedules but it is thought that the more likely decision would be to run a few test flights during the winter period with one or two selected airlines before beginning with the summer schedule next Spring.
The authorities would want to have the full range of facilities available to service the need of its passengers so a winter opening would probably mean operating at a financial loss. With over 500 staff to pay and shops and businesses needing to earn a living it seems unlikely that a half hearted attempt to open would even be considered. It would appear to be much more likely that the airport will wait until it is able to open fully next Spring.
Valcarcel said that with the quantity of paperwork still to be completed, it was unrealistic to even consider opening this summer and with the Ministry for Development indicating a favourable opinion towards the possibility of round the clock operations there was still a vast list of technical reports and details to be undertaken.
“We want to do things well”, he said “and with all the guarantees so we are not going to do this in a hurry. “
In recent years the Murcia Government has been under immense pressure to do something in the region with regard to the stimulation of the economy and employment and until the announcements of the new International Airport and the Paramount Theme Park the economy in this particular part of the Province was suffering from severe depression.
However the promise of the two new developments went a long way toward soothing the voices of protest. This recent announcement will once again lead to raised voices of criticism if the summer tourism season fails to live up to expectations.
It is most certainly not the message that the hotel sector and construction sectors wanted to hear
Following the article in La Verdad, and in order to avoid any further speculation, Antonio Sevilla, the Regional Minister for Public Works, released a statement confirming that the new Airport would not begin operations until Summer 2013.
He said that there are still many different departments of central government to be approached. Progress is still being made, although he admitted that it is not proving to be as rapid as was first hoped, due in part to the change in staff in all the relevant government ministries following the general election last November.
According to information released last week by AENA, seven airlines, Air Nostrum, Bmibaby, EasyJet, Jetair Fly, Jet2.com, Ryanair and Norwegian Air, will operate throughout this summer from the current airport in San Javier.
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Irene McGrath 04-01-2013 / 06:27
With having a house at Valle Del Este Vera I have to hire a car with what ever airport I fly into. Although loving San Javier and will miss it, not looking forward to a big airport , looking to convera as that might mean I wont have to use the toll road,cost up and down 26 euros to my house and more choice. Time wise looks to be about the same for me. just want to know as I'm getting fed up with opening date this April !!! this October this April 13 now summer 13!!!! would love a scottish flight into almeria which is only 45 minutes away from me !!! I can only dream. Also hopeing that I can get winter flights into convera rather than use alicante airport which is a 2 hour drive to my house !
GeorgIna 27-12-2012 / 22:14
We bought our house 9 years ago and have flown mainly into San Javier airport for most of that time because it's only 20 minutes drive to our house. Corvera will take at least 50 minutes transfer time and inevitably cost more in fares. We've booked all our flights into San Javier for 2013 as no flights are bookable as yet to Corvera. No carrier has yet confirmed who will fly into it.
We cannot see why another airport has been built so near to San Javier and reading other comments still have a lot to overcome before it can open. So much money has been spent on San Javier and it is a lovely, friendly airport. Why spend so many millions of euros on an airport that may never be used when the country is in such a financial state. That money could have been used on other needy things within the country.
Still we'll see.
Elizabeth Swan 23-11-2012 / 15:37
Very disappointed that San Javier is to close.(Love the Airport) At the moment it takes just over 10mins to our property.It will now take perhaps 5 times that. May then change to Alicante Airport same distance with a straighter road.Never had any problem arriving or taking off from it and why spend all that money when the country is so much in the red. Seems a waste to me!
David C. Marsden 07-11-2012 / 09:34
Re Ruth's comments, I bought my apartment in 2002 and was told then that they were building a new airport in Corvera and would be ready soon. Having spoken to a friend of mine last June (2012) who is an airman in the Spanish Airforce based at San Javier, it will never open due to NATO's early warning systems based in the Sierras Espunas being very severly compromised every time an aircraft comes anywhere near the place. He told me that no aircraft whether it be light, commercial or military will ever land at Corvera for those reasons. Well we will see and I await the future developments with great interest and from a personal point of view I dont mind which airport I use, I'm just glad I can go to my apartment on the end of La Manga which is for me my own piece of paradise.
Eileen Cooper 18-10-2012 / 11:38
Do you have any further information as to when this airport will be open?
Will we be told when booking flights that it is the new airport, or will it just say Murcia? Will we then be informed as a later date if its San Javier or Corvera?
Janet Patel 07-09-2012 / 11:18
We always fly with Monarch as, though slightly more expensive the room between seats etc. made for a more comfortable flight. We were devastated when they stopped flying into San Javier but have continued to fly with them into Alicante which added a further 20 minutes onto a 470 minute journey.
Two weeks ago I chose to fly with Ryan Air as you can now book your seat with them as you can do with Monarch.
Flight out - good. Flight back to Birmingham - Horrible. We landed B`ham 10 minutes early but because the plane landed so far away from the terminal we thought we were in Timbuktu. We then sat on a bus for almost 10 minutes and then journeyed around the airport fir a further 8 minutes. We then waited and waited until at last we started to move again. Eventually taken across the tarmac we had to clime flights of stairs that led to the longest corridor ever. By this time it was well after midnight. I felt so sorry for those with very small 7 very tired children
Having just hand luggage I did not have to wait again for my suitcases. Corvera is just 20 minutes away from our apartment in Condado De Alhama & I don’t care how much it costs I will not be flying cheepo again.
Patricia 02-08-2012 / 11:29
I can´t wait for the new airport to open. It will cut down on my travel time when either going to Alicante airport which takes an hour (traffic permitting) or 50 mins to San Javier.
I fly to the UK often to visit family and visa versa, so when the Corvera airport opens it will be such a god send to all, so please hurry up and get all the paperwork and airlines sorted, its been a long time coming.
Lets prove all those sceptics how wrong they are about Murcia and the new airport.
Sandra 30-07-2012 / 20:29
Unlike some previous comments I shall be glad that corvera shall be the new international airport in the region as it will cut down my journey cost from over an hour to 20mins to our apartment which will be 5 mins from the Paramount theme park when built.
Alan wilson 11-07-2012 / 17:19
Southern Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa area has few fans of the new Corvera airport, most of us love the convenience of San Javier (AND THAT IS AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE). There is about as much confidence in the new airport as there is in the ability of the authorities to commence operations at the new desalination plant, for which, apparently, they failed to plan an adequate power supply.
olive o'gorman 22-06-2012 / 18:54
We have an apartment purchased in the 1970's in La Manga del Mar Menor and have seen both Alicante and San Javier become what they are today. San Javier is a straightforward drive for us of 20minutes on the A7. Because of our ages we will soon have to use a taxi for return journeys . How much will that cost from Corvera ? It will probably mean we will have to sell our apartment because of the inconvenience and additional cost.
Stephen Levi 11-06-2012 / 09:49
Will Corverra only use the infamous airbridges or will it allow, as at San Javier, walk-on walk-off boarding. I expect that if it is airbridges only then Mr. O'Leary will not use Corvera. If Ryanair do not use it then maybe half of the expected passenger footfall will be lost. We will have to wait and see if this will be another white elephant.
Stephen 10-06-2012 / 18:37
What has happened about the report in Spanish that Corvera has been put on hold "sine die"? Have they now solved the problem with air space re. Nato and other defence authorities? What about the re-negotation of the funding of Corvera? The fact that AENA have spent over €70 million on upgrading San Javier and Corvera has no money how can they repay Aena the money? Have they solved the reported problem with the surrounding mountains so that the large airplanes can land at Corvera or is it only going to be medium sized planes the same as San Javier? So many questions and no 'concrete' answers. It seems that a lot of face saving needs to be done and we will end up with another unused airport to add to the already long list. What a terrible waste of money and guess what..... NO heads will roll!!!!!
Mike Clough 05-06-2012 / 09:35
We are retired couple, resident in the UK, with a holiday home in on the mainland coast of the Mar Menor. We chose the location because of the nearness of the San Javier airport. We like the airport, and the authorities have made a huge investment (30 million euro) improving passenger facilities. Because of its location, like thousands of other non-residents, we travel 4 - 6 times each year, and neighbours are happy to pick us up and we do the same for them. Corvera is miles inland and in the middle of nowhere, with no public transport or rail link to our homes on the coast. How will a taxi cost from Corvera to Los Alcazares? Probably as much, if not more, than the cost of airline ticket from the UK. Like other passengers we have spoken to, if San Javier is shut-down then we shall simply have cut-down frequency of our visits. What a waste of public money!
Roger Horwood 04-06-2012 / 13:05
Well we live in san miguel with many of our friends for the last 10 years if san javier does shut we will not go back to england as much and will use alicante.
What a waste of money san javier is a great airport all up todate.
Stefano 10-05-2012 / 11:13
I find it a little strange that San Javier committed to all the modernisation within the terminal ( and make a dogs ear of it in the process as security queues are now farcical ) whilst awaiting the opening of Corvera ? I have my doubts that 2013 will be achievable either. I have a feeling, due to the bail out situation and the selling of the debt bonds, Corvera will be mothballed for a prolonged period in time, which will in turn, make Paramount re-think their commital to the area. If that happens..........
Kerry 05-05-2012 / 23:10
I hope airlines fly from Birmingham to corvera throughout the year and not just through the summer months, when we first bought our apartment 4 years ago we could fly Ryanair or monarch all year round but now they have reduced flights to summer months only.
Ruth Smyth 20-04-2012 / 11:07
Well this is no surprise. When I first bought my apartment 4 years ago, I was told 2009, then 2010, then 2011, then 2012.....now 2013.
Shame they are taking so long. They should be careful that airlines don't look for their flights to all go elsewhere, eg Alicante as that airport is fab now.
gerard o connor 16-04-2012 / 10:58
cant wait to see it open. i also hope to see flights from shannon airport to your new airport.