Murcia–San Javier Airport
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|Murcia–San Javier Airport
Aeropuerto de Murcia-San Javier
|IATA: MJV – ICAO: LELC|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Serves||Murcia and Cartagena, Spain|
|Location||San Javier, Spain|
|Elevation AMSL||11 ft / 3.4 m|
Murcia–San Javier Airport (IATA: MJV, ICAO: LELC) is a military air base and civilian passenger airport located in San Javier, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Murcia, Spain. It is operated by Aena (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea, or Spanish Airports and Aerial Navigation), the Spanish airport authority.
The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757 or 767. It has Category 5 fire cover by the IATA, and also has one ambulance available. As Murcia is a popular destination for charter groups, the airport is served by a number of charter airlines. The military air base dates back to at least the early 1930s and is located at the northern end of the airport. Used chiefly by Spanish Air Force piston and jet-engined training aircraft, including a well-known formation aerobatic display team which can often be seen practicing over the nearby Mar Menor, the military uses its own separate parallel runway and air traffic control tower.
In recent years, Murcia Airport has become much busier thanks to the arrival of several low-cost airlines. According to Aena, passenger numbers jumped from just 88,608 in 1995 to 1,181,490 passengers in 2012.
In light of the development of the new International airport of the Region of Murcia in Corvera, and despite the recent investment of €60 million in a new runway and commercial terminal buildings, in November 2011 the Minister of Public Works Antonio Sevilla, and Secretary of State for Transport Isaías Táboas, signed an official agreement that effectively proposed to close the airport to commercial traffic from summer 2012. However, the airport remained open in August 2013 and the new international airport stands eerily empty and unused.
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