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Corvera Airport in Murcia will not open until 2013
02 April 2012 @ 23:56

The date was given by the Murcia President, Ramón Luis Valcárcel.

The new airport at Corvera in Murcia has suffered another delay in opening of several months. Summer 2013 is now being put as the earliest date the facility can be operational.

The date was given by the President of the Murcia Government, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, who said that a thousand technical requirements and approval of the equipment used still has to be carried out. He said he did not want an airport with no planes, as has been seen in Castellón.

The departure of Luis del Rivero from constructors Sacyr has apparently slowed down the paperwork in Madrid. From Murcia himself he was sacked last October as boss of the multinational, and had been the person putting the necessary rhythm to get the airport operational.

The IU-Verdes spokesman for the Murcia region, José Manuel López, after hearing the airport will not open this summer, described the infrastructure as ‘ a never ending tale’.

Meanwhile AENA has announced 22 extra flights this summer from the San Javier airport.

Source: TypicallySpanish



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John said:
02 April 2012 @ 22:25

This will not come as a surprise to anyone who is close to this airport's readiness programme. Building the airport was the easy bit, its gaining the licences, as always with any airport, that is the problem.

This airport will not become partially operational this year to receive passengers.

The granting of all the licences is the more than a year away and until the majority of the licences are granted the flight testing cannot be started to prove the airport's operational readiness.

Its a false position being put forward by some businesses in the Corvera area that flights will start operating over this winter. It simply won't happen or even be possible.




lifeline said:
03 April 2012 @ 12:28

We were told last night that there is a major delay as one of the runways is not long enough. has anyone else heard this?


Mike said:
03 April 2012 @ 21:25

lfeline, the airport only has one runway !

Murica is the laughing stock of Spain and is quickly turning investors off


Rene said:
04 April 2012 @ 10:51

lifeline, as Mike said, Corvera only has 1 runway which is no good for an airport that wants to be taken seriously.

The 1 runway was extended during the build of the airport to accommodate the A380 aircraft (purely pr by the Murcia Government).

Speaking as an ex-pilot you will never see any longhaul transatlantic flights from places like the US or Asia arriving at Corvera. The surrounding terrain makes it impossible for large passenger aircraft to land at.

Strangely, 2 runway San Javier has the ability to be all that Corvera cant.

Time will tell, but 7 years ago I was told that Corvera would be built and would never be opened to civil airlines and it would eventually be handed to the military.




middlec said:
07 April 2012 @ 09:19

Odd too how airlines have pulled out of using Almeria airport, especially Monarch, who no longer fly Manchester/Almeria, despite a full/almost full payload. Did they raise the landing fees there?


Donna Gee said:
08 April 2012 @ 20:49

The Courier newspaper, of which I am Editor, ran a front page story on March 16 headed 'No Fly Zone', which predicted that the Corvera opening would be subject to further delays - and is in danger of becoming another of Spain's 'white elephant' airports, a la Castellon. Ironically, the Murcia Government's official announcement of the delay coincided with an email I received from the Airport's Business Development Manager complaining about our publishing 'misleading rumours' in our March 16 article. It's all on our website, www.thecourier.es if anyone is interested.
I am very interested in Rene's comments...would very much like to compare notes!


Carl said:
08 April 2012 @ 23:12

Strange twist to this story.

AENA have now released their proposed spending for 2012 which includes further investment at San Javier of approx 4.4 Million Euro, despite the Government reducing the 2012 budget for Ministry of Development (responsible for AENA) by 40% from 2011.

Are they investing for the long term future of the airport, or know that they will receive compensation to cover this when/if they close San Javier and move to Corvera ?

Here's where the majority of the 4.4 Million Euro is proposed to be spent at San Javier:
- 1.2 Million on the new airport terminal
- 1.2 Million on support, investment and maintenance
- 1.7 Million on security
- 0.2 Million on planning


Rene said:
22 May 2012 @ 18:42

The latest news reported news is :-

La apertura de un aeropuerto civil en la Región de Murcia, promovido en el paraje de Corvera por la Comunidad Autónoma en régimen de concesión a la empresa 'Aeromur' (participada por la constructora 'Sacyr', dos cajas de ahorro de la zona y varios empresarios emblemáticos murcianos) acaba de quedar bloqueada 'sine die' por razones militares y de los intereses para la seguridad y defensa nacional, también de la OTAN, tras el compromiso de nuestro país con el llamado 'paraguas nuclear', aparte de las lógicas en tiempos de crisis económica compleja para la explotación satisfactoria por AENA (con pérdidas de casi 12.000 millones de euros en 2011) de las instalaciones aeroportuarias estatales mas cercanas de Alicante y Almería, según confirman fuentes del Ministerio de Fomento, que exigen el anonimato, según informa Murcia Confidencial.

La importancia estratégica creciente de las bases aéreas de San Javier (también de uso civil pleno tras una reciente inversión de 60 millones de euros y una de las dos piezas del complejo aeronaval 'de facto' que forma con Cartagena muy similar a Rota) y Alcantarilla, nodo fundamental en el despliegue operativo nacional del Mando Aéreo de Transporte, inserto igualmente en el esquema similar del flanco sur de la OTAN en el Mediterráneo, con las restricciones de sobrevuelo en su 'hinterland' respectivo por razones de seguridad militar, hacen muy difícil, por no decir imposible, la compatibilidad real en el día a día por el riesgo que supone, teniendo además en cuenta la orientación de la pista de Corvera sin haber contemplado a fondo la ordenación del espacio aéreo anterior en la franja sur de la Región de Murcia y esa misma orientación de la pista de San Javier, aparte de los entrenamientos diarios todo el año de saltos en paracaidas junto a la vecina Alcantarilla de las fuerzas de élite del Ejército, Policía y Guardia Civil.

Parece, además, según Murcia Confidencial, que el Estado Mayor de la Defensa, a través del ministro Morenés, habría convencido al Gobierno de Mariano Rajoy, como ya sucedió anteriormente con los ex ministros Trillo y Alvárez Cascos, y hasta el ex presidente José María Aznar, de que una provincia como la de Murcia, con un rádar de alerta aérea en el pico de Sierra Espuña incluso, tiene un espacio aéreo muy sensible desde el punto de vista de la defensa nacional como para introducir interferencias en su núcleo por aeronaves civiles extranjeras, algo que no sucede con el uso de la base de San Javier (hoy con doble pista tras fuertes inversiones también en tecnología), donde los aviones civiles entran y salen por el Mar Menor sin penetrar ni un milímetro de más en el territorio reservado y a preservar por razones obvias.

Fomento sabe que la rentabilidad en la explotación, inicial y por mucho tiempo, de Corvera no está asegurada ni de lejos dada la crisis de pasaje por la que atraviesa el sector de las aerolíneas en toda Europa como consecuencia del alto precio sostenido del combustible y la brutal bajada de pasajeros, incluso en el 'low cost', debido a la situación de crisis económica severa que padecen nuestros mercados clásicos emisores de turismo.

Además, tras la reciente multimillonaria inversión, tanto en el cercano aeropuerto de Alicante como en el murciano de San Javier, poco antes de una sensible caída del tráfico en ambos, no parece que Corvera pueda ofrecer una oferta tan diferenciada y competitiva al turismo que aporte valor añadido a la amplia y diversificada que ya existe en ambas instalaciones aeroportuarias tan próximas vistas las recientes experiencias de Castellón respecto a Valencia o Ciudad Real respecto a Barajas, por inviables y ruinosas finalmente.

Hace tan solo unos días, las autoridades de la Unión Europea han hecho una recomendación desde Bruselas a todas las autoridades competentes de los 27 países miembros para que no construyan aeropuertos que sean insostenibles económicamente, cuando nadie conoce la existencia y rigor de estudios de viabilidad para Corvera.

Los fuertes rumores existentes en Madrid de próxima intervención, por el Estado, de la Comunidad Autónoma de Murcia en torno al próximo verano ante su quiebra técnica, complica algo más la situación dado el aval de 200 millones de euros emitido en su día a favor de 'Aeromur', otorgado directamente por el Palacio de San Esteban, por si la construcción del aeropuerto de Corvera encontrase luego dificultades insalvables para ser puesto en marcha, como parece el caso, aunque se desconoce el período de vigencia del aval preceptivamente aprobado por las autoridades europeas de la Competencia.

Based on this, unlikely that Corvera will ever see a civil flight.



Bill said:
31 October 2012 @ 16:32

Are people aware that Alicante also only has one runway with a traffic of almost 10 million passengers per year? And that Gatwick also functions with a single runway and recorded over 33 million pax in 2011? Aena built a second runway in San Javier for the military so that they could have SOME commercial activity in the morning.


Bill said:
31 October 2012 @ 16:32

Are people aware that Alicante also only has one runway with a traffic of almost 10 million passengers per year? And that Gatwick also functions with a single runway and recorded over 33 million pax in 2011? Aena built a second runway in San Javier for the military so that they could have SOME commercial activity in the morning.


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