The keys to Murcia’s Corvera Airport were handed over to operator AENA at a special ceremony held at the facility on Saturday.

It was confirmed that Corvera will start operating in December, on the back of an immediate closure of the current airport at San Javier.

AENA president Jaime García-Legaz (pictured right) was presented with the keys by Murcia’s president Fernando López Miras (left), witnessed by AENA employees and by local business leaders.

Despite past suggestions of a phased transfer of flights from San Javier to Corvera, García-Legaz  said that this would not be practical, adding that San Javier would close, and Corvera open up the following day.

The AENA president said that his company would work very hard to make the airport a first-class facility, and that attracting top carriers to use it was “everybody’s job”.

He emphasised that it would not be some kind of second-class neighbour of Alicante-Elche airport, which is also run by AENA.

Murcia President, Fernando López Miras, said:-“We will have an airport that the Murcia region has dreamt of, and it will become the gateway for millions of people to come to Spain.”

Projections suggest that around four million passengers will end up using Corvera per annum, as opposed to the one million that currently use San Javier.

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