By Adrian Bishop
Corvera International Airport is due to see its new terminal open in late 2018, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy has announced. It aims to serve around 1million passengers in its first year.
Meanwhile, AVE high-speed train service is also planned to launch this year, cutting the journey from Murcia to Madrid to two and a half hours.
Corvera air terminal operations body Aena, aims to serve four million a year by the time its franchise runs out in 25 years.
The 'arduous task' of moving operations from Murcia-San Javier airport, near Cartagena, to Corvera has now started, says Mr Rajoy. The transition is being overseen by Mariano Menor, director of San Janvier airport.
Aena President, Jaime Garcia-Legaz, says the “top level” airport will be named after the inventor of the gyroplane, Juan de la Cierva.
Aena is now getting safety evaluation, planning and legal documentation needed before the airport’s planned opening in December 2018.
As well boosting Murcia tourism, the airport work could create up to 20,000 jobs, depending on passenger numbers.
The first phase of the AVE rail line is between Murcia city and Monforte del Cid in the south-west of the province of Alicante. The work so far has cost around €1.42billion.
The AVE will connect with Cartagena, and with Lorca in the south, close to the border with Andalucía and the province of Almería.
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