Murcia–San Javier Airport
Murcia–San Javier Airport
Aeropuerto de Murcia-San Javier
|Owner||Spanish Air Force|
|Serves||Region of Murcia and Alicante|
|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 former civilian passenger airport located in San Javier, 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Murcia, Spain. It is owned by the Spanish Air Force. It was replaced (after several delays) by the new Región de Murcia International Airport, when it opened on 15 January 2019.
The military air base dates back to at least the early 1930s and is located at the northern end of the airport. It is used chiefly by Spanish Air Force piston and jet-engined training aircraft of the Academia General del Aire (the Spanish Air Force College), including a well-known formation aerobatic display team which can often be seen practicing over the nearby Mar Menor.
In recent years, Murcia Airport became much busier thanks to the arrival of several low-cost airlines. According to Aena, passenger numbers jumped from 88,608 in 1995 to 1,181,490 passengers in 2012.
The airport invested in a new €60 million runway and terminal buildings around 2004 to 2011 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 civilian air traffic from 2012. However, the airport remains open. San Javier passenger numbers are falling with growing uncertainty about the new Región de Murcia International Airport in Corvera. However, in the week of 13 December 2015: the Employment, Economy and Tourism Minister told the Spanish radio, Cadena Sur, Corvera airport "will open in 2017", having returned from an important regional committee meeting with Corvera dominating the talks.
Ever since 2012, Spanish media has been speculating about when Corvera airport will open. However, in mid-August 2016, Tumbit reported that Murcianos do not think Corvera airport will ever open. There seems to be two sides to the story once again - with the regional government reiterating the airport is "months from opening" but AENA are now showing their full commitment and support towards San Javier instead of Corvera. In early September 2016, Murcia Today reported that local businesses close to the new international airport at Corvera do not think it will open until 2018 at the earliest, this is because of the long-running dispute between the contractors and the Murcian government. In early 2017, the workers at San-Javier airport went to Congress to launch a bid to keep their jobs and to urge the government not to open Corvera Airport, which is supported by AENA as well, who said opening the new airport is 'unviable'.
In November 2017 the Spanish government said it would be awarding AENA the contract of managing Corvera Airport - whereby San Javier would be closed and flights transferred.  In April 2018 it was confirmed that the new Murcia-Corvera Airport is to open in early January 2019. Región de Murcia International Airport, situated in closer proximity to the city of Murcia, was to open on 15 January 2019. San Javier closed on 14 January 2019 and all airlines have transferred their services to the new airport. The final flight to operate at San Javier was Ryanair flight FR4117 to Manchester.
Airlines and destinations
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