Corvera Airport - the Gateway to Murcia and the Costa Calida
Corvera Airport Timeline
- April 2018 Jet2.com announce first passenger flights to Corvera from Leeds-Bradford and Manchester from March 2019.
- Jan 2018 AENA announce that the airport should be operational for the first commercial flights in early 2019.
- Nov 2017 Corvera Airport contract awarded to AENA.
- July 2008 Airport construction begins.
The Town of Corvera
The somewhat sleepy town of Corvera is situated around 8km (10 minutes by car) to the north of the new airport. Facitilies in Corvera are somewhat limited, but there are hotels and resorts in the town.
Transport Links at Corvera Airport
Currently there is no public transport at Corvera Airport, however by the time the airport opens there will be a bus service and on-site car rental in the airport compound. The Latbus company runs a service (Linea 72) between Murcia and Corvera town.
Corvera Airport is located around 25km from Murcia city centre where there are excellent public transport links, including a regular train service to Madrid (approx. 4 hours) and Valencia (approx. 3½ hours).
Blue Valley Car Hire will be offering car rental at the airport as soon as it opens for passenger flights.
Road Distances from Corvera Airport
Road distances and drive times from Corvera Airport to some of the regional resorts and towns:
- Alicante 95 km/60 miles (1 hr)
- Almeria 190 km/120 miles (2 hrs 10 min)
- Cartagena 35km/22 miles (30 min)
- Camposol 35km/22 miles (35 min)
- La Manga 55 km/35 miles (45 min)
- Mazarron (Port) 35km/22 miles (45 min)
- Mojacar 130 km/80 miles (1 hr 35 min min)
- Murcia 25km/16 miles (25 min)
- Torrevieja 60 km/37 miles (55 min)
Accommodation near Corvera Airport
There are a few hotels in Corvera including the popular Corvera Golf and Country Club. The Hotel Venta El Puerto is a couple of km outside Corvera on the A-30 en route to Murcia city.
History of Corvera Airport
When the tourist money came rolling into Spain before the recession hit back in 2008, large numbers of construction projects in both the private and public sectors were financed by the banks eager to cash in on foreign investment.
Much of the investment in Spain was financed privately as speculators anticipated an endless stream of euro-tourists and property investors flooding into the country. Then in 2008 the recession hit Spain, leaving the Spanish banks saddled with huge debts and toxic assets as newly built tourist houses and developments lay half-finished or empty, loans went unpaid, and investment and construction companies went to the wall. One of these half-finished projects was the new airport at Corvera.
Construction work commenced in 2008. Corvera Airport was originally heralded as the gateway to another of the regions "manana" projects, the Paramount Theme Park which was expected to attract millions of European tourists to Murcia. However, the financial downturn in Spain left the Paramount Theme Park, Corvera Airport and a host of other development projects in a holding pattern.
The process for closing the airport at San Javier and transferring passenger flights to Corvera has not been a simple one. There are many opponents to the scheme including foreign residents who live close to San Javier and local airport workers. The bid to operate Corvera Airport was won in 2017 by AENA who operate most of Spain’s passenger airports.
The city of Murcia in south eastern Spain lies equidistant between Alicante Airport to the north and Murcia (San Javier) airport to the south. Both airports can be reached from the city of Murcia in under an hour. So why was a brand new "state of the art" airport constructed just outside Murcia in near the small town of Corvera?
There were 2 major factors influencing the decision to build Corvera Airport. Firstly, San Javier airport is a small public airport which doubles as a military airport. Facilities are often overstretched during the busy summer months when passenger numbers are at their peak (this problem has been partially resolved following some major refurbishment at San Javier Airport).
The second factor was the planning of a new theme park licenced by Paramount which was due to start construction in 2013. It was envisaged that Murcia San Javier airport would not be able to handle the huge number of additional tourists which the theme park would attract, so in part the new airport was supposed to service the new influx of visitors to the region.
The delays in opening Corvera airport were largely due to financial and legal problems with the original investors Aeromar suffering effects of the economic downturn which hit Spain in 2008. The contractual situation is now resolved with AENA set top operate the airport.