Corvera International Airport is due to open in Summer of 2013.
At the time of writing in April 2013, the airport has been completed for 15 months , although has still not opened due to a prolonged period of bureaucratic processes to obtain the necessary permits.
Calibration flights have been completed and agreements made with the military reference runway orientation, flight paths and military airspace.
It had been envisaged that some flights could have come in over the winter period of 2012-2013, but that main operations would begin for the summer 2013 season.
It is anticipated that at this point San Javier airport will close for public flights and revert to exclusive Military use, and Aena transfer their flight operations across to Corvera International airport.
However, as of this date, this has still not happened and the airport remains shut.
Click for map, Aeropuerto Internacional de la Región de Murcia
Corvera is located between Fuente Álamo and Murcia, with good links to Cartagena, Murcia, inland and central Murcia and the Mar Menor area.
The airport itself is just outside the main town of Corvera, heading towards Fuente Álamo. There is only one straight road between them , the MU-601 and it is impossible to get lost.
Financing has dogged the development of this structure, the concessionary, Aeromur, encountering financial issues during the infancy of the original construction, which co-incided with the downturn in the housing construction sector. Adamant that the airport was necessary to enable Murcia to develop a long-term, sustainable tourism industry, the regional government agreed to guarantee a 200 million euro bank loan to ensure that the construction was competed and the airport could open.
Although initially the intention had been for Corvera to run parallel with San Javier, the economic downturn lead to a significant reduction in passenger numbers at San Javier and the decision was taken to close San Javier completely for civilian use and transfer Aena operations to Corvera, thus creating the unique situation in which state-operated Aena would run a privately owned airport.
Sacyr Vallehermoso is the major shareholder in Aeromur, the concessionary of Corvera airport, owning 60% of the shares.
The remaining capital of the airport is owned by Cajamurcia, Caja Mediterráneo, Grupo Fuertes, Grupo Monthisa, Inocsa Ingeniería and Cementos La Cruz, each with a 6.7% participation.
For more general information about Corvera, Click Corvera
Links below are to articles posted about this subject right from the beginning.
These can also be searched by using the Keyword search box at the top of every page . Simply type in the word Corvera, and all articles will appear in date order.
21st May 2013, Murcian government initiate process to rescind Aeromur concession
16th May 2013, Airport concessionary claims regional governmetn is misleading the public
13th May 2013 Regional government will not give financial assistance to Aeromur
9th May 2013 Antonio Sevilla responds to questions about Corvera airport
15th May 2013 Disagreements continue between Murcian Government and concessionary
17th April. Corvera airport in crisis? Media claim regional government will execute loan guarantee and take over airport
16th April. Opposition politicians demand straight answers. Rumours circulate that the concessionary is not paying the bank loan
23rd March, When is Corvera airport opening? Your reader questions
19th February El País savages Corvera airport, Corvera in the national media
5th February, Regional government confirm Corvera negotiations are still underway, Corvera still in play
31st January, The AIRM will open this year, AIRM to open in 2013
19th January , Murcia President says Corvera airport will be open this year, Click Corvera to open this year
5th January 2013 Paramount Park and Corvera airport latest news
06/11/2012 Sevilla says Corvera and San javier will operate simultaneously, Corvera and San Javier to run parallel
25/10/2012 Aena issues favourable flight results for Corvera , Click Favourable test results Corvera
23/10/2012 President Valcárcel comments on Corvera airport, Valcarcel and the AIRM
01/10/2012 Murcia council extends training period for employees, Click Murcia council
27/09/2012 Aena concludes test flights, Aena concludes flight tests
18/09/2012 Concessionary says the AIRM will open in April 2013, Corvera to open in April 2013
04/09/2012 President says airport will open soon, President says Corvera will open soon
06/09/2012 Corvera concessionary says runways are ok, Corvera airport runways
03/08/2012 Minister says airport may open this autumn, Minister dicusses Corvera
26/07/2012, Aeromur seek 1 year extension on loan, Aeromur seek loan extension
25/07/2012 Aena close bids to build San Javier Duty Free , Aena close bid for San Javier Duty Free
07/07/2012, Secretary of State says Corvera could open this autumn, Secretary of State Corvera airport
04/07/2012 New Spanish airpot tax increases take effect, Spanish airport taxes
04/07/2012, Opposition politicians demand answers to Corvera problems, Opposition politicians Corvera
03/07/2012, Aena plan new duty free shop for San Javier, Aena Duty free shop
28/06/2012, President Valcárcel blames Corvera delays on the PSOE; Valcarcel blames PSOE for Corvera delays
26/06/2012, Aena planning to restructure Spanish airports ( San Javier is viable), Aena restructuring
25/06/2012, Flight paths incompatible with military use, Corvera flight paths
18/06/2012, Government responds to critical interview, Corvera airport interview
15/06/2012, Government says its premature to be discussing opening, Corvera airport opening dates
04/06/2012 Corvera loans must be renegotiated, Corvera loans due for renegotiation
28/04/2012 Corvera flight testing concluded, Corvera airport flight testing
23/04/2012 Corvera will not have AVE link, Corvera airport AVE link
12/04/2012 Corvera employees, how many jobs are there? , Corvera airport staff
04/04/2012 Corvera statement from Minister, Corvera airport, Antonio Sevilla
03/04/2012 Corvera customs point agreed, Corvera airport customs point
02/04/2012 Corvera not operational until summer 2013, Corvera airport to open 2013
22/03/2012 Corvera training programmes out to tender, Corvera airport staff training
16/02/2012 Corvera included in trans-european network, Corvera airport trans european
20/01/2012 New boss for Aena, Aena new boss
03/01/2012 Training programme on ice, Corvera training programme
25/11/2011 Director appointed for Corvera, Corvera Airport Director
02/01/2012 Iberdrola connect Corvera power supply, Iberdrola Corvera power supply
21/11/2011 State agency begin inspection, Corvera airport state inspections
17/11/2011 Formal agreement for San javier transfer signed, Corvera-San Javier transfer signed
07/11/2011 Jet2 announce flights from Corvera, Jet2 will operate from Corvera
04/11/2011 Murcia suspends Corvera training programme, Corvera training suspended
03/11/2011 Is there any progress in Corvera negotiations, Corvera negotiations progress
27/10/2011 Fuente Álamo tender Corvera contracts, Corvera Fuente Alamo training
26/10/2011 Aena complicates San Javier Corvera negotiations, Corvera San Javier and Aena
13/10/2011 Unions say Corvera training should be suspended, Unions Corvera airport training
29/09/2011 San Javier staff to transfer to Corvera, San javier Corvera staff
19/09/2011 San Javier to close, Aena transfer to Corvera
08/09/2011 Aena compensated for San Javier closure, Aena, Corvera San javier
08/09/2011 President Valcárcel to meet Ryanair reference Corvera, Click Valcárcel Ryanair Corvera
05/09/2011 Staff selection not completed, Click 25000 to 500, staff Corvera
30/08/2011 Spanair rep visits Corvera, Spanair Corvera
17/08/2011 Corvera Dorector resigns, Corvera Airport Director resigns
11/08/2011 Corvera airport will be completed this year, Corvera airport construction finished
04/07/2011 Families not yet compensated for land expropriation, Corvera families not paid yet
23/06/2011 Latest photos Corvera airport, Corvera airport photos
13/06/2011 Corvera job training to begin September, Corvera training September
13/06/2011 Corvera, San Javier battle begins, Aena dig in, Corvera San javier Aena
08/06/2011 Corvera construction on schedule, Corvera Airport construction
15/05/2011 No more propaganda visits to Corvera Airport, Propaganda Corvera airport
13/05/2011 Tenders for Corvera training contracts, Corvera training tenders
04/05/2011 Aena will not run Corvera Airport, Aena will not run Corvera
13/04/2011 Increased air traffic projections for Corvera airport, Corvera air traffic projections
24/03/2011 San Javier. Corvera transfer row continues, San Javier Corvera transfer row
23/03/2011 Valcárcel says San javier will close when Corvera opens, San javier will close
03/03/2011, Corvera access roads inaugurated, Corvera access roads
01/03/2011 Refuelling contracts signed, Corvera airport refuelling deal
14/02/2011 Corvera Airport job assessments underway, Corvera airport jobs
01/02/2011 Accusations of irregularities, Corvera airport irregularities
25/01/2011 Corvera airport staff recruitment, Corvera staff recruitment
11/01/2011 Corvera taxi wars begin, Corvera airport taxi war
22/12/2010 Agreement signed for Corvera airport rail link, Corvera airport rail link
27/10/2010 President Valcárcel visits Corvera, Valcárcel Corvera visit
25/10/201 Corvera high speed link a possibility, Corvera AVE link
10/07/2010 Progress at Corvera, progress at Corvera airport
06/07/2010 Chinese delegates inspect Corvera, Chinese delegates Corvera airport
24/06/2010 Will Corvera replace San javier, Corvera- San Javier arguments
05/06/2010 Brussels ruling looks positive, Brussels Corvera ruling looking positive
20/05/2010 Corvera airport project honoured, Corvera airport project honoured
12/05/2010 Corvera airport saga continue, Corvera airport saga continues
30/04/2010 Corvera landowners protest, Corvera airport landowners protest
14/04/2010 Corvera airport phase 2 plans approved, Corvera airport phase 2 approval
22/03/2010, Loan paperwork unsigned, Corvera airport loan guarantee paperwork unsigned
02/03/2010 Corvera loan agreement may breach EU law, Corvera airport loan guarantees may breach EU law
31/01/2010, Sacyr confirm loan agreement is reached, Sacyr confirm Corvera airport loan agreement reached
26/01/2010, First stone laid on Corvera airport access road, Corvera access road stone laying
23/01/2010 Corvera airport opening projected for 2011, Corvera airport opening projiected for 2011
03/1272009 Loan agreement reached, Corvera airport loan agreement reached
27/11/2009 Regional government offer corvera financing lifeline, Corvera airport financial offer
09/11/2009 Subterranean rail link route agreed, Corvera airport rail link agreed
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