It finally happened, after years of delay, Región de Murcia Airport is now open to the public. Yesterday, a commercial aircraft landed at the airport for the first time. The first flight ever at Región de Murcia Airport was FR1824, a Ryanair flight from East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. The private jet of the Spanish king Felipe VI arrived a little later. Upon arrival, the king was given a tour, and then he unveiled a plaque with which the airport was officially opened.
Región de Murcia Airport, also known as Corvera Airport, is the replacement for Murcia-San Javier Airport. This airport is now owned by the Spanish Air Force and will only be used for military purposes.
The relocation of San Javier to Corvera took a lot of time, due to the crisis and politics. In 2008, when the crisis hit Spain, the construction of Región de Murcia Airport started. The original plan was to open in 2013. The eventual opening was not until six years later on January 15, 2019. According to one part of the population, the opening of the new airport has been a waste of money, and Murcia-San Javier Airport could have continued as the gateway to Murcia. Proponents are happy that aircraft no longer land and take off near the beautiful beaches on the Costa Cálida.
The Murcia region is popular with sun worshipers and second homeowners, for that reason an airport is essential. Murcia-San Javier Airport has been used by over 1 million passengers a year in recent years (1,273,424 in 2018). The new airport has a capacity of 3 million passengers, and it can be subsequently increased to 5 million passengers. In the coming years, they expect many tourists from the United Kingdom. With nine connections, Ryanair is the largest airline at the airport, followed by Jet2 and Norwegian. Incidentally, the signposting at the airport is indicated in Spanish, English and German.