King set to open air­port

King Felipe is to in­au­gu­rate Corvera air­port on Jan­uary 15

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Nuria Pérez [email protected]­

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

Corvera air­port

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