King set to open airport
King Felipe is to inaugurate Corvera airport on January 15
KING Felipe VI is to attend the official opening of Murcia International Airport (AIRM) at Corvera on January 15.
Regional president Fernando López Miras said the King’s presence is ‘the finishing touch’ for the occasion.
“This is the culmination of all the work we have been carrying out in the last few years to open the airport,” he said.
Sr López Miras claimed that the new airport was a ‘key piece of infrastructure to improve the lives of 1.5 million residents in Murcia region’.
He noted that AIRM is offering winter flights to 12 cities in the UK, Ireland and Belgium and that the negotiations with airlines are on going for other destinations.
In the summer flights to Norway and Asturias will also be available.
The airport was completed in 2012 but a series of complications – including a court battle with the builder – led to a lengthy delay in the opening of the inland site.
The authorities have stated that passenger operations will be shut down at popular Murcia-San Javier airport to facilitate the opening of Covera, due to the proximity of the two sites.
The Guardia Civil association, IGC revealed that officers posted at San Javier will be relocated at Corvera ‘without any compensation’.
The IGC noted that the new post involves additional costs – time, petrol and food – which officers cannot claim back, ‘although they should be able to by law’.
“The officers from Murcia region who have been posted to AIRM will be compensated, but those being moved from San Javier will not be,” stated a spokesman.
The association warned that they are considering taking the matter to court.
King Felipe with Queen Elizabeth in London