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Murcia International Airport Terminal Building

Murcia International Airport RMU (Corvera Airport)

The new state of the art Murcia International Airport (RMU) also known as Corvera Airport replaced Murcia San Javier Airport on January 15th 2019 for all passenger flights into the Murcia region. Murcia International is located 25km to the south of Murcia city centre and is the closest airport to the Costa Calida and the southern Costa Blanca holiday regions.

Car Hire at Murcia International

 The following car rental companies have offices on-site at Murcia International:-

  • Europcar
  • Firefly
  • Goldcar including affiliates InterRent and Rhodium

The offices for these companies are located outside the terminal building at the front of the Arrivals Hall. The rental vehicles for the above companies are collected and returned to the car parking area behind the offices.

Murcia International Rental Car Offices (Europcar, Goldcar/InterRent and Firefly (Hertz)

 Other rental companies including Centauro and OK Rent a Car operate a shuttle bus service to their local off-site offices.

More information on car hire companies at Murcia International.

Blue Valley Car Hire provide car and minibus hire quote comparisons for other locations in the Costa Calida including Cartagena, La Manga, Lorca, Los Alcazares, Murcia (city) and Santiago de la Ribera.

If you have flights from 2 different airports e.g. Murcia and Alicante select Return to a different location on the quote form.

CDW Insurance

 The standard rental packages all have CDW insurance with an excess in the event of vehicle damage or theft. The rental companies offer additional zero excess insurance products which can be purchased when signing the rental contract. These higher levels of insurance will remove the excess liability but also increase the cost of the rental. If you don't have a credit card (or have low credit on the card) paying for the extra insurance is the most viable option as no credit card security deposit is required.

Alternatively, customers may purchase the Third Party AXA insurance offered with the quote which will be cheaper than the high-tier products but require a security deposit with the rental company. Customers must pay in Spain for any damage then claim the cost back from AXA separately.

NOTE: It is worth checking if your credit card insurance covers car hire.

Credit Cards

 The companies we work with at Murcia require a valid credit card to be presented when the car is collected.

If you do not have a credit card, you can rent a car with some companies (Goldcar, Firefly), but only if you purchase their Premium insurance products.

Fuel Stations near Murcia-Corvera Airport

 There is no fuel station at the airport. The closest fuel stations to Murcia-Corvera Airport are the CEPSA fuel station on the A-30 just off Junction 161 and the REPSOL in Corvera.

If you are driving from the Mar Menor resorts there are several fuel stations on the RM-19 as you approach the A-30 (Junction 158).

If you hire a car with a Collect Full/Return Full (or Full-Full) fuel policy ensure that you refuel close to the airport to avoid a possible Administration Fee. Most companies charge around €25 for vehicles which are returned with missing fuel and you may not discover this until you check your credit card bill.

Murcia International Airport Facilities

Murcia International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Region de Murcia) is a single-terminal building on 2 levels with Arrivals and a Departures Hall on the Ground Floor and Passport Control, Duty-Free Shopping and Boarding on the First Floor.

Murcia International Airport airline desks

Arrivals and Check-In (Floor 0)

 The Arrivals and Check-In desks are on the Ground floor (Floor 0). As you enter the Arrivals area there is a Tourist Information desk run by murciaturistica.es.

There is also a small Costa Coffee with airport prices (a coffee and croissant costs around €4) and a WHSmith.

In the Check-In area Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2.com have offices should you need to buy or amend tickets offline. There is a Police desk and an Airport Information Desk.

Departures (Floor 1)

 Passport Control, Security Checks, Boarding Gates and the Departures Lounge are on the First Floor (Floor 1). Several of the shops in Departures are currently empty or under-development. Duty Free shopping is limited to a single duty-free outlet Buy Bye (run by the Dufry chain), a second WHSmiths and several vending machines.

Wi-Fi

 Free Wi-Fi is provided by AENA throughout the airport building.

Transport Links

Bus

Interbus Murcia International Airport

 There are 4 bus routes run by Interbus at Murcia International.

  • Cartagena
  • La Torre Golf, Terrazas de la Torre, Mar Menor Golf, Serena Golf, Los Alcazares, Los Narejos, Roda Golf
  • Murcia City
  • San Pedro del Pinatar, Santiago de la Ribera, San Javier

The Interbus service operates from the small bus terminal about 100 metres outside Arrivals (exit the terminal building and head to the right past the taxi rank). Tickets can be purchased online or at the airport. The Latbus company runs a service (Linea 72) between Murcia and Corvera town.

There is currently no direct service to the Mazarron region (although a service is planned for Summer 2019), a change is required at Cartagena.

Taxi

 A fixed-price taxi rate of €29 applies between Corvera Airport and Murcia city centre. This table gives a guide to taxi prices from Murcia International Airport to popular locations around the region.

These prices are for taxis licenced to operate from the airport, private companies may quote cheaper prices.

Train

 There is no train service at Corvera Airport. From Murcia city centre there is a regular train service to Madrid (approx. 4 hours) and Valencia (approx. 3½ hours).

Driving from Murcia International Airport

 The following table gives road distances, drive times and suggested routes from Murcia International Airport to popular destinations in and around the Murcia region:

Location Distance Drive Time Route
Aguilas 80 km (50 miles) 1 hour A-30, AP-7
Alicante 95 km (60 miles) 1 hour A-30, A-7, AP-7
Almeria 190 km (120 miles) 2¼ hours A-30, AP-7, A-7
Benidorm 150 km (93 miles) 1½ hours A-30, A-7, AP-7
Cartagena 35 km (22 miles) ½ hour A-30
Camposol 55 km (35 miles) 35 minutes A-30, RM-2, RM-3
Corvera Town 5 km (3 miles) 10 minutes RM-E7
Jumilla 95 km (59 miles) 1 hour A-30, A-33
La Manga Club Resort 50 km (31 miles) 35 mins A-30
Lorca 70 km (43 miles) 50 minutes A-30, RM-2, A-7
Los Alcazares 40 km (25 miles) ½ hour A-30, RM-19
Mar Menor Golf Resort 30 km (19 miles) ½ hour A-30, RM-313
Puerto de Mazarron 68 km (42 miles) 50 minutes A-30, AP-7 (toll applies)
Mojacar 160 km (99 miles) 1¾ hour A-30, AP-7
Murcia (city centre) 25 km (16 miles) ½ hour A-30
Torre Pacheco 24 km (15 miles) 20 minutes A-30, RM-F14
Torrevieja 60 km (37 miles) ¾ hour A-30, RM-F14
Vera 130 km (80 miles) 1 hour 20 minutes A-30, AP-7
Villamartin 55 km (34 miles) 40 minutes A-30, RM-19, AP-7
Yecla 116 km (72 miles) 1¼ hour A-30, A-33

Which Airlines Fly to Murcia?

Easyjet flight landing at Murcia Airport

 The following table shows airlines which fly to Murcia International. When booking flights look for airport code RMU.

Airline Destinations
Easyjet Bristol, London Gatwick, Southend
Flybe Southampton (S)
Iberia Ibiza
Jet2.com Leeds-Bradford (S), Manchester (S)
Ryanair Birmingham, Bournemouth (S), Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow (S), Leeds-Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Stansted
Smartwings Prague (S)
TUI Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Eindhoven

KEY: (S) Seasonal Flights

Accommodation Close to Murcia International

 There is no rental accommodation within several kilometres of Murcia International, so for most people a rental car or taxi to Murcia (city) or the Mar Menor resorts are the easiest options.

On the north side of Murcia there are a several chain hotels including a Marriot, Ibis and Campanile which are a short bus or tram journey from the city centre. The Hotel Venta El Puerto is closer to the airport located a couple of km outside Corvera on the A-30 en route to Murcia city. However, most people will prefer to head directly to their resorts or accommodation as there isn't much to see apart from desert and citrus groves close to the airport.

If you want to stay close to the airport the Corvera Golf and Country Club is a large resort complex which is only a 10-minute drive from the airport. The resort is very quiet with many empty, unsold properties and strangely does not have a golf course! Private rental properties on the resort are available (via Airbnb, booking.com, etc.), and with full-time security and several pools, for some people may be a good choice for a quiet weekend away in the sun close to the airport.

Slightly further afield the La Torre Golf Resort and Spa offers 5-star accommodation or for a budget hotel Venta El Puerto Restaurant is less than 15 minutes drive from the airport.

History of Murcia Corvera Airport

  • Jan 15th 2019 First passenger flights at the new airport.
  • Jan 14th 2019 Murcia San Javier Airport final passenger flight.
  • Jan 2019 Air Safety Certification received for the new airport
  • Nov 2018 Ryanair confirm flights to Corvera from January 15th 2018.
  • 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.

 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 back 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.

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 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 authorities are hoping that Corvera Airport will eventually bring more tourists to the Murcia region giving a much-needed cash injection to the economy.

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