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. Murcia is a popular destination for charter groups, and the airport is served by several charter airlines.
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, 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 with its glass windows.
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 88,608 in 1995 to 1,181,490 passengers in 2012.
The airport invested in a new €60 million runway and terminal buildings a few years ago. 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 airport, however in the week of 13th 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.
Airlines and destinations
|Aer Lingus||Seasonal: Dublin (begins 27 March 2016)|
operated by Air Nostrum
|Jet2.com||Seasonal: Belfast–International, East Midlands, Glasgow–International, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: Bergen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim|
Seasonal: Birmingham, Bournemouth, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Leeds/Bradford, London–Luton, Manchester, Prestwick
- "Dublin Airport Welcomes Aer Lingus Route Expansion". Dublin Airport. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
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