AENA will run Corvera

State com­pany con­firms clo­sure of Mur­cia-San Javier air­port

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Nuria Pérez nperez@cb­

THE MAN­AGE­MENT of Corvera air­port will be handed to state air­port com­pany AENA, Mur­cia re­gional pres­i­dent Fer­nando López Mi­ras an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

He said this would be for a pe­riod of 25 years.

Sr López Mi­ras said the pro­ce­dure to sign the con­tract will be speeded up as much as pos­si­ble so AENA could start ap­ply­ing for the li­cences and cer­tifi­cates to open the air­port as soon as pos­si­ble.

Ac­cord­ing to Sr López Mi­ras, around one mil­lion pas­sen­gers will use the air­port dur­ing the first year it is in op­er­a­tion – a fig­ure he claimed will rise to four mil­lion dur­ing the fi­nal years of the con­tract.

The de­ci­sion was wel­comed by AENA, which was the only bid­der for the air­port that has stood empty since it was com­pleted in 2012.

An AENA spokesman ad­mit­ted that the pro­ce­dures to ob­tain the li­cences were ‘very com­plex’.

Ac­cord­ing to AENA, engi­neers will have to check that the fa­cil­i­ties meet all le­gal re­quire­ments to op­er­ate as an air­port and that the air­port’s op­er­a­tive sys­tems match AENA’s stan­dards.

AENA pointed out that the equip­ment has to be tested and checked be­fore the air­port could start run­ning.

The com­pany echoed the an­nounce­ment of min­is­ter for pub­lic works, Íñigo de la Serna on the clo­sure of Mur­cia-San Javier air­port.

The min­is­ter said that run­ning two air­ports which are 23 kilo­me­tres apart made no sense and that mov­ing civil­ian flights from San Ja- vier to Corvera was ‘a mat­ter of com­mon sense’.

AENA stressed in a press re­lease this week that flights, staff and equip­ment would be moved from San Javier to Corvera air­port in a co­or­di­nated man­ner.

How­ever, nei­ther AENA nor the re­gional govern­ment have said when this will take place and air­lines are con­tin­u­ing to sell flights to San Javier for next sum­mer.

So­cial­ist party (PSOE) spokesman Joaquín López said work­ers at San Javier were very wor­ried about their fu­ture and claimed that no­body had in­formed them of the change.

The 70 AENA em­ploy­ees would be moved to Corvera but the fu­ture of the hun­dreds of work­ers in sup­ply, ser­vices and main­te­nance com­pa­nies is un­clear.

Pode­mos party re­gional deputy An­drés Pe­dreño also noted that the re­gional govern­ment has not said who will pay the €182 mil­lion loan taken out to build the air­port, plus the in­ter­est and main­te­nance ex­penses since 2012.

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