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If you need to refuel your rental vehicle, these are the nearest fuel stations to Murcia International Airport.

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Murcia International Airport Terminal Building

Corvera Airport (Murcia International)

The new state of the art Murcia International Airport (RMU) at Corvera replaced Murcia San Javier Airport on January 15th 2019 for all passenger flights. Corvera Airport provides fast access to the Costa Calida, the southern Costa Blanca and Murcia city.

Car Hire

Murcia International Rental Car Offices (Europcar, Goldcar/InterRent and Firefly (Hertz)

Car rental companies with offices at Murcia Airport are Europcar, Firefly and Goldcar (and affiliates InterRent). The offices are outside the terminal building at the front of the Arrivals (Llegadas) Hall. The rental vehicles for these companies are collected and returned at the car parking area behind offices. Centauro operate a shuttle bus service to their office which is located around 2 kilometres from the airport terminal.

CDW Insurance

The standard rental packages all have CDW insurance with an excess in the event of vehicle damage or theft. The rental companies offer additional zero excess insurance products which can be purchased when signing the rental contract. These higher levels of insurance will remove the excess liability but also increase the cost of the rental. If you don't have a credit card (or have low credit on the card) paying for the extra insurance is the most viable option as no credit card security deposit is required.

Alternatively, customers may purchase the Third Party AXA insurance offered with the quote which will be cheaper than the high-tier products but require a security deposit with the rental company. Customers must pay in Spain for any damage then claim the cost back from AXA separately.

NOTE: It is worth checking if your credit card insurance covers car hire.

Refuelling Your Rental Car

If you hire a car with a Collect Full/Return Full (or Full-Full) fuel policy ensure that you refuel at a garage close to the airport to avoid a possible Administration Fee. Most of the companies in Spain charge around €25 for vehicles which are returned with missing fuel and you may not discover this until you check your credit card bill.

The closest fuel stations to the airport are the CEPSA fuel station on the A-30 Junction 161 or the REPSOL in Corvera.

Airport Facilities

Murcia International Airport airline desks

Murcia International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Region de Murcia) has 2 levels with the Arrivals Hall and Check-In Desks on the ground floor and the Gates and Departures Area on the First Floor.

In Arrivals there is a Tourist Information desk. The Check-In Area has a Costa Coffee with airport prices (a coffee and croissant costs around €4), an ATM machine, airline offices (Ryanair, Easyjet, and Jet2.com have desks inside the airport) and a Police desk.

Transport Links

Bus

There are 4 bus routes run by Interbus at the airport (Interbus timetables)

  • Murcia City (€6)
  • San Javier Airport (€8.50)
  • Cartagena (€12)
  • Los Alcazares (€15)
The Latbus company runs a service (Linea 72) between Murcia and Corvera town.

There is currently no direct service to the Mazarron region (although a service is planned for Summer 2019), a change is required at Cartagena.

Taxi

A fixed-price taxi rate of €29 applies between Corvera Airport and Murcia city centre. This table gives a guide to taxi prices from Murcia International Airport to popular locations around the region.

These prices are for taxis licenced to operate from the airport, private companies may quote cheaper prices.

Train

There is no train service at Corvera Airport. From Murcia city centre there is a regular train service to Madrid (approx. 4 hours) and Valencia (approx. 3½ hours).

Driving from Murcia International Airport

The following table gives road distances, drive times and suggested routes from Murcia International Airport to popular destinations in and around the Murcia region:

Location Distance Drive Time Route
Aguilas 80 km (50 miles) 1 hour A-30, AP-7
Alicante 95 km (60 miles) 1 hour A-30, A-7, AP-7
Almeria 190 km (120 miles) 2¼ hours A-30, AP-7, A-7
Benidorm 150 km (93 miles) 1½ hours A-30, A-7, AP-7
Cartagena 35 km (22 miles) ½ hour A-30
Camposol 55 km (35 miles) 35 minutes A-30, RM-2, RM-3
Corvera Town 5 km (3 miles) 10 minutes RM-E7
Jumilla 95 km (59 miles) 1 hour A-30, A-33
La Manga Club Resort 50 km (31 miles) 35 mins A-30
Lorca 70 km (43 miles) 50 minutes A-30, RM-2, A-7
Los Alcazares 40 km (25 miles) ½ hour A-30, RM-19
Puerto de Mazarron 68 km (42 miles) 50 minutes A-30, AP-7 (toll applies)
Mojacar 160 km (99 miles) 1¾ hour A-30, AP-7
Murcia (city centre) 25 km (16 miles) ½ hour A-30
Torre Pacheco 24 km (15 miles) 20 minutes A-30, RM-F14
Torrevieja 60 km (37 miles) ¾ hour A-30, RM-F14
Vera 130 km (80 miles) 1 hour 20 minutes A-30, AP-7
Villamartin 55 km (34 miles) 40 minutes A-30, RM-19, AP-7
Yecla 116 km (72 miles) 1¼ hour A-30, A-33

Flights to Murcia International Airport

The following table shows airlines flying to Murcia from January 2019. When booking flights look for airport code RMU.

Airline Destinations
Easyjet Bristol, London Gatwick, Southend
Flybe Southampton (S)
Jet2.com Leeds-Bradford (S), Manchester (S)
Ryanair Birmingham, Bournemouth (S), Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow (S), Leeds-Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Stansted
Smartwings Prague (S)
TUI Antwerp, Charleroi

KEY: (S) Seasonal Flights

Accommodation

There is currently little in the way of accommodation in and around Corvera town, so for most people a rental car or taxi to Murcia (city) or the Mar Menor resorts are the easiest options.

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 directly to their resorts or accommodation as there isn't much to see apart from desert and citrus groves close to the airport.

If you want to stay close to the airport the Corvera Golf and Country Club is a large resort complex which is only a 10-minute drive from the airport. The resort is very quiet with many empty, unsold properties and strangely does not have a golf course! Private rental properties on the resort are available (via Airbnb, booking.com, etc.), and with full-time security and several pools, for some people may be a good choice for a quiet weekend away in the sun close to the airport.

The RM601 Corvera

Corvera Town

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. 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 more in the way of hotels and other accommodation being developed, but as of early 2019 visitors will find it hard to believe the town is the base for an international airport, and most tourists will probably by-pass the town and head straight to the airport.

History of Corvera Airport

  • Jan 15th 2019 First passenger flights at the new airport.
  • Jan 14th 2019 Murcia San Javier Airport final passenger flight.
  • Jan 2019 Air Safety Certification received for the new airport
  • Nov 2018 Ryanair confirm flights to Corvera from January 15th 2018.
  • July 2018 Airport opening date announced as 15th January 2019.
  • 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.

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 back 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.

Why move from San Javier to Corvera?

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 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.

Additionally, Alicante Airport often runs at full-capacity in summer, and it makes sense for passengers heading to Murcia and the Costa Calida to fly further south to minimise airport transfers.

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.

The Murcian authorities are hoping that Corvera Airport will eventually bring more tourists to the Murcia region giving a much-needed cash injection to the economy.

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