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Affordable car rental at Murcia's new airport in Corvera.

Corvera Airport - the Gateway to Murcia and the Costa Calida

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.

Corvera Airport Timeline

  • Nov 2018 Ryanair confirm flights to Corvera.
  • Aug 2018 Murcia San Javier Airport to close 14th January 2019.
  • July 2018 Airport opening date announced as 15th January 2019.
  • April 2018 Jet2.com announce first passenger flights to Corvera from Leeds-Bradford and Manchester from March 2019.
  • Jan 2018 AENA announce that the airport should be operational for the first commercial flights in early 2019.
  • Nov 2017 Corvera Airport contract awarded to AENA.
  • July 2008 Airport construction begins.

Car Hire at Corvera Airport

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.

Transport Links at Corvera Airport

There will initially be 4 bus services operating from Corvera to and from the following locations with fixed prices:-

  • Murcia City (€6)
  • San Javier Airport (€8.50)
  • Cartagena (€12)
  • Los Alcazares (€15)
The Latbus company already runs a service (Linea 72) between Murcia and Corvera town.

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).

Murcian countryside

Road Distances from Corvera Airport

Road distances and drive times from Corvera Airport to some of the regional resorts and towns:

  • Alicante 95 km/60 miles (1 hr)
  • Almeria 190 km/120 miles (2 hrs 10 min)
  • Cartagena 35km/22 miles (30 min)
  • Camposol 35km/22 miles (35 min)
  • La Manga 55 km/35 miles (45 min)
  • Los Alcazares 35 km/22 miles (30 min)
  • Mazarron (Port) 35km/22 miles (45 min)
  • Mojacar 130 km/80 miles (1 hr 35 min min)
  • Murcia (city) 25km/16 miles (25 min)
  • Torrevieja 60 km/37 miles (55 min)

Accommodation near Corvera Airport

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.

History of Corvera Airport

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.

Deserted - Corvera Airport

Why move from San Javier to Corvera?

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.

Additionally, Alicante Airport often runs at full-capacity in summer, and it makes sense for passengers heading to Murcia and the Costa Calida to fly further south to minimise airport transfers.

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.

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