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From 15th January 2019 (or on the date that passenger flights are switched to Corvera) all Murcia Airport bookings will transfer from San Javier to Corvera
The new state of the art Murcia International Airport (RMU) at Corvera replaces San Javier in January 2019 for all passenger flights. Corvera Airport provides easy access to the Costa Calida the southern Costa Blanca and Murcia city.
Blue Valley Car Hire provide car rental at Corvera Airport (Murcia International) from January 2019 when San Javier closes for passenger flights. Use the form above to book. Car rental bookings from January 15th 2019 in Murcia will be from Corvera not San Javier. Car rental companies currently operating at San Javier (Centauro, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, InterRent) will be transferring to Corvera at the time the new airport opens.
If you are not renting a car at Corvera there are public transport options (bus service only).
There will initially be 4 bus services operating from Corvera to and from the following locations with fixed prices:-
Notably there is currently no planned direct service to the Mazarron region.
A fixed-price taxi service between Corvera Airport and Murcia city centre costs €29.
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).
Road distances and drive times from Corvera Airport to popular resorts and towns:
Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2 are offering flights to Murcia Corvera from 2019.
When booking flights to Corvera look for airport code RMU.
There is currently little in the way of accommodation in and around Corvera town (this may change when the airport finally opens), so for most people a rental car or taxi to Murcia (city) is the best option (journey takes 25-30 mins). On the north side of Murcia there are a several chain hotels including a Marriot, Ibis and Campanile which are a short bus or tram journey from the city centre. The Hotel Venta El Puerto is closer to the airport located a couple of km outside Corvera on the A-30 en route to Murcia city. However, most people will prefer to head straight to their resorts or accommodation as there isn't much to see apart from desert close to the airport.
The Corvera Golf and Country Club is the largest resort complex in the Corvera area. The resort is very quiet with many unfinished and unoccupied properties and no longer has a maintained golf course! However private rental properties are available (via Airbnb, booking.com, etc.), and with full-time security and several pools, for some people for exampekeen walkers it may be a good choice for a quiet weekend away in the sun close to the airport.
Corvera is an unusual choice of location for an international airport - half an hours' drive from the coast, the sleepy town has little to offer visitors unless peace and solitude is what you are looking for. The airport is set in desert-like scenery although there are some irrigated citrus groves in the vicinity.
Although Corvera is off the tourist map, there are a few local bars worth visiting if you have some time to spare before a flight. The British run 62 Corvera at the top of the main street (across the road from the fuel station) is a good place to relax and have a light meal and Cafe Bar El Perillas also on the main street offers excellent local tapas at good prices.
As the airport develops Corvera may see big changes but as of late 2018 visitors will find it hard to believe the town is the base for an international 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 Murcia's new airport at Corvera.
Construction work at Corvera commenced in 2008. The new airport was 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 Murcia's existing airport at San Javier and transferring passenger flights to Corvera has not been straight-forward. There were many opponents to the scheme, including foreign residents who live close to San Javier and local airport workers. After years of legal wrangling 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 several 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 Murcian government are hoping that when Corvera opens, a wave of new tourists will head to the region bringing a much-needed cash injection into the economy.
There are some negative impacts associated with the move from San Javier including proximity to the beaches of the popular Mar Menor resorts and the jobs of San Javier airport workers.
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