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Murcia's San Javier Aiport : Not the best of legacies for Corvera

Mon 20th Apr 2015
Murcia's San Javier Aiport : Not the best of legacies for Corvera

Arrivals at San Javier Airport suffered a further setback in March, with a fall of 25.6% compared to the same month last year, the 4th highest loss of all AENA Airports, according to official figures.

The only Airports to report worse figures were Albacete, Vitoria and Ceuta.

Between June and September passenger numbers fell below that of 2013, leaving little sign of optimism that the Airport will be likely to contribute the much-promised 2 Million passengers numbers when operations are finally transferred to the over-promised Corvera International Airport.

In March 2014 just 28,551 passengers arrived on 314 Aircraft at San Javier Airport.

2015 to date has seen a fall of 28% in visitor numbers.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Alicante-Elche Airport recorded 669,004 passengers in March - up 4.4% on March 2014.

By nationality. the Brits led the way with 264,335 passengers, followed by the Netherlands with 47,003; Norway, with 45,887; Germany, with 45,679; Belgium, with 37,741, and Sweden with 24,203 passengers, according to Efe.

Regarding the number of flights, the airport handled 4,737 flights in March, up 4.1% from March 2014, with the UK contributing 1,578 flights, Spain (1,139), Netherlands (292) , Germany (289), Norway (278), Belgium (275) and Algeria and Sweden (146). In January to March 2015, Alicante Airport registered 1,671,423 passengers, a 4.6% increase, and managed a total of 12,339 flights, up 1.9%.

A total of 14.3 million passengers passed through Airports in the AENA network in March, up 6.9% increase, and representing a continuous growth in the last 17 months, and an increase of 2.7% in aircraft movements.

Of the total, 9.5 million users were international flights, an increase of 7.2% over March 2014. Domestic passengers totaled 4.7 million, up 6.5%.

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Comment on this Story

I know speaking with many of our friends, for the last two years of MJV/Corvera uncertainty, they have all been flying into Alicante rather than MJV due to not knowing if everything may change before they fly. Out of a group of 7 couples, my wife and I are the only ones to have "risked" the switch for the last 2 years. I guess there are many more flyers that are boosting Alicante's figures whilst reducing MJVs because of this uncertainty?
Carl - Tue, 21st Apr 2015
You make an interesting point Steve, but just to play devil's advocate here .... Firstly, surely it is a question of economics - and therefore will the likes of Easyjet and Ryanair see any benefit in flying from Bristol to BOTH Corvera AND Alicante ? - And if so, with the same frequency and at the same cost ? I think not. Secondly, Alicante is more convenient to get to than Corvera for many residents of Murcia anyway.
Robster - Tue, 21st Apr 2015
I have visited my 'home' in Murcia 8 times over the past 2 years and have flown to Alicante instead of MJV every time There is a better choice of flight times from Bristol. You have a choice of Ryanair or Easyjet which usually gives you a better price. I'm certain I am not the only one that does this and will switch immediately Corvera airport opens because it is set to be true competition to Alicante unlike MJV.
Steve Porter - Tue, 21st Apr 2015

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