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Affordable car rental at Murcia's new airport in Corvera.
The new state of the art Murcia International Airport at Corvera replaces San Javier in January 2019 for all passenger flights. The new airport provides easy access to the Costa Calida and southern Costa Blanca.
Blue Valley Car Hire are providing car and minibus rental at Corvera Airport from January 2019 when Murcia San Javier closes for passenger flights. Use the form above to book.
There will initially be 4 bus services operating from Corvera to and from the following locations with fixed prices:-
Notably there is currently no planned direct service to thr Mazarron region.
On-site car rental at Corvera will be from the same companies who supply cars at San Javier including Centauro, Dickmanns, Europcar, Firefly and Goldcar.
Corvera Airport is located around 25km from Murcia city centre where there are excellent public transport links, including a regular train service to Madrid (approx. 4 hours) and Valencia (approx. 3½ hours).
Road distances and drive times from Corvera Airport to some of the regional resorts and towns:
There are a few hotels in Corvera including the popular Corvera Golf and Country Club. The Hotel Venta El Puerto is a couple of km outside Corvera on the A-30 en route to Murcia city.
When the tourist money came rolling into Spain before the recession hit back in 2008, large numbers of construction projects in both the private and public sectors were financed by the banks eager to cash in on foreign investment.
Much of the investment in Spain was financed privately as speculators anticipated an endless stream of euro-tourists and property investors flooding into the country. Then in 2008 the recession hit Spain, leaving the Spanish banks saddled with huge debts and toxic assets as newly built tourist houses and developments lay half-finished or empty, loans went unpaid, and investment and construction companies went to the wall. One of these half-finished projects was Murcia’s new airport at Corvera.
Construction work at Corvera commenced in 2008. The new airport was heralded as the gateway to another of the regions "manana" projects, the Paramount Theme Park which was expected to attract millions of European tourists to Murcia. However, the financial downturn in Spain left the Paramount Theme Park, Corvera Airport and a host of other development projects in a holding pattern.
The process for closing Murcia’s existing airport at San Javier and transferring passenger flights to Corvera has not been straight-forward. There were many opponents to the scheme, including foreign residents who live close to San Javier and local airport workers. After years of legal wrangling the bid to operate Corvera Airport was won in 2017 by AENA who operate most of Spain’s passenger airports.
The city of Murcia in south eastern Spain lies equidistant between Alicante Airport to the north and Murcia (San Javier) airport to the south. Both airports can be reached from the city of Murcia in under an hour. So why was a brand new "state of the art" airport constructed just outside Murcia in near the small town of Corvera?
There were several factors influencing the decision to build Corvera Airport. Firstly, San Javier airport is a small public airport which doubles as a military airport. Facilities are often overstretched during the busy summer months when passenger numbers are at their peak (this problem has been partially resolved following some major refurbishment at San Javier Airport).
The second factor was the planning of a new theme park licenced by Paramount which was due to start construction in 2013. It was envisaged that Murcia San Javier airport would not be able to handle the huge number of additional tourists which the theme park would attract, so in part the new airport was supposed to service the new influx of visitors to the region.
The Murcian government are hoping that when Corvera opens, a wave of new tourists will head to the region bringing a much-needed cash injection into the economy.
There are some negative impacts associated with the move from San Javier including proximity to the beaches of the popular Mar Menor resorts and the jobs of San Javier airport workers.
If you require a larger vehicle, Blue Valley Car Hire provide 9 seat self-drive minibus rental at airports throughout Europe.