Murcia–San Javier Airport

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Murcia–San Javier Airport
Aeropuerto de Murcia-San Javier
Murcia San Javier Airport 2013 - panoramio.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Spanish Air Force
Operator Aena
Serves Region of Murcia and Alicante
Location San Javier, Spain
Elevation AMSL 11 ft / 3.4 m
Coordinates 37°46′29″N 000°48′44″W / 37.77472°N 0.81222°W / 37.77472; -0.81222
Murcia–San Javier Airport is located in Spain
Murcia–San Javier Airport
Murcia–San Javier Airport
Location within Spain
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05R/23L 2,300 7,546 Asphalt
05L/23R 1,580 5,184 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 1,096,980
Passengers change 15-16 Increase2.7%
Movements 8,272
Movements change 15-16 Decrease3.2%
Sources: Aena[1]
Patrulla Águila CASA C-101EB which have their base in Academia General del Aire which shares space with San Javier airport

Murcia–San Javier Airport (IATA: MJVICAO: LELC) is a military air base and civilian passenger airport located in San Javier, 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Murcia, Spain. It is owned by the Spanish Air Force and managed by Aena, the main airport manager in Spain.


The airport has been named by Airports Council International as the best in Europe in the category of fewer of 2 million of passengers per year in 2014 and 2016[2]


The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757. 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.[citation needed]

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. The military uses its own separate parallel runway and air traffic control tower with its glass windows.[citation needed]

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.[3]


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.[citation needed]

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.[4] 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'.[5]

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. [6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Murcia:[7]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
easyJet Bristol, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: London–Southend Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim
Ryanair Birmingham, Dublin, Eindhoven, Frankfurt (begins 25 March 2018) Glasgow–Prestwick, Leeds/Bradford, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Bournemouth, East Midlands
Travel Service Prague
TUI fly Belgium Antwerp, Brussels–Charleroi


External links[edit]

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