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Corvera costs Murcia EU22,000 per day

Sat 12th Jul 2014
Corvera costs Murcia EU22,000 per day

The region of Murcia's Corvera Airport is about to enter it's 3rd summer season of being stood idle, after completion of the construction phase of the facility in spring 2012, and at a cost of more than EU250 Mln.

Despite having an operational airport already, tourism chiefs and regional politicians claimed that San Javier airport would be unable to cope with ambitions for growing the number of visitors to the area in coming years.

Corvera airport was designed to accommodate some 3 Million passengers and 23,00 flights per year - more than double the busiest years seen at San Javier airport - with plans in place to increase the capacity to 14 Million passengers and 109,000 operations across 2 new phases in subsequent years.

The inference here being that San Javier airport was restricting the number of tourists hoping to travel to the region, and not that Murcia had simply reached saturation point as a tourist destination.

Also : With Spain as a whole welcoming an all-time record 21.7 Million tourists in the first 5 months of 2014, what make Murcia so sure it can provide the infrastructure, accommodation and attractions for around 25% of all tourists coming to Spain each year ?

Recent estimations are that Corvera Airport is costing Murcia some 22,00 per day / 8 million per year, due to the Regional Government assuming responsibility for the 182 Million loan guarantee.

Having to pay for the luxury of an unwanted, and unrequired second airport is one thing - the fact that it is still not operational, and unlikely to reach projected visitor numbers is another.

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* Murcia to operate both San Javier and Corvera airport until 2016

Comment on this Story

The official website of Premursa openly states that the Paramount Murcia theme park is only expected to attract 3 Million visitors per year. Even if that is taken as a maximum - and probaby likely to be far less - it still leaves a balance of some 11 million visitors to the region, according to the Government's projections.
Tumbit - Admin - Sun, 13th Jul 2014
I totally agree Robster. But I struggle to see what Murcia has got to attract people other than retirees or second home owners to the area to reach even close to the forecast visitors numbers.
Lucinda Castiles - Sun, 13th Jul 2014
I would be very surprised if Murcia had enough hotel / private lettings available to accommodate 14 million visitors a year anyway. And that's without allowing for all the visitors to the region that will continue to fly into Alicante !
Robster - Sun, 13th Jul 2014

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