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Murcia's San Javier wins EU's best airport award

Sat 21st Feb 2015
Murcia's San Javier wins EU's best airport award

Will AENA close commercial flights at Murcia's San Javier following the facility being awarded the title of the EU's best Airport (in the under 2 Million passengers per year category) for 2014 ?

If anything, this recognition by the International Airports Council makes it a laughable suggestion to close the facility in favour of Corvera Airport during 2016, as previously suggested.

The award came as result of a satisfaction survey conducted among passengers, and coincides with negations between AENA, the Ministry of Development and the Regional Government to agree on the closure process.

There is still no official announcement to confirm or deny whether the airlines flying into San Javier will transfer their operations to Corvera Airport, and with Alicante Airport being both more convenient to get to, Cheaper, and with a better range of flight frequencies and destinations, the logic that 100% of San Javiers (falling) passenger numbers will transfer to Corvera remains questionable.

The International Airports Council holds quarterly surveys at 270 airports in 50 countries, to gauge opinion on a range of criteria from facilities to customer service to overall cleanliness.

On being asked about the future of San Javier, the Airport's Director Pedro Vicente Gallut, would not give any confirmation of an official date for closure, but did say that Airport Official were still looking into the establishment of new routes to and from the airport.

Gallut also maintained that the airports loss of passenger numbers to neighboring Alicante airport over recent years had now stabilized.

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Comment on this Story

 
We have always used San Javier in preference to Alicante since our property is near Torrevieja.It's a fantastic airport & should be kept open to serve the people in the region.
Bryan Barry - Mon, 9th Mar 2015
I agree with Robster I and many other travellers will miss San Javier airport The flights may have declined but only because airlines have not offered this destination. We are being forced to use Alicante airport between November and March. Alicante will have to be our airport of choice because Covera is too far away -- our property is near Cabo Roig
Carole - Sat, 7th Mar 2015
Yet another reason to keep San Javier open. Who needs Corvera when we have an award winning airport already operational, and another larger one just up the road ?
Robster - Sun, 22nd Feb 2015
Great news! Congratulations to San Jav'.
Mick Costa Blanca - Sat, 21st Feb 2015