Corvera International Airport has been inaugurated in the presence of King Felipe VI.
It is estimated that it will generate around 900 million euros for the regional economy and more than 19,000 new jobs in 15 years
The president of the Autonomous Community, Fernando López Miras, assured those present that the Murcia Region International Airport “is the definitive platform for our tourist and economic takeoff”, since it will make it possible to create new jobs, “and our economy will be able to reach higher levels of development in all sectors.”
During his speech, he highlighted the “privileged” geographical location of the Region, “a great place to live and visit”, and recalled that from today onwards the International Airport of the Region of Murcia links with 12 destinations in three countries in the European Union (nine from the United Kingdom, two from Belgium and one from Ireland) operated by the airlines Ryanair, EasyJet and Tuifly.
In the second quarter of the year, the number of destinations to Spain and Europe will increase. There are already confirmed flights to Asturias, Manchester and Leeds, as well as opening up the Nordic market with 4 cities in Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim). Tickets are also now on sale to fly to Prague or Moscow starting in May. The airport has a 24-hour slot, and can perform 16 operations every 60 minutes. It is estimated that 5 million tourists will be able to reach the Region annually using this new infrastructure.
According to a socio-economic and tourism impact study prepared by the Association of Economists in collaboration with the Technical University of Cartagena, the airport will generate around 900 million euros for the regional economy, increasing the regional GDP by over 3 points, and creating more than 19,000 new jobs in 15 years. In the first year of operation, it is estimated that it will represent a GDP of 270 million and generate 5,600 jobs.
He expressed his confidence that, “together with the necessary technological innovations that the Spanish air force has to receive, we will also soon receive excellent news for the use of facilities within whose walls everyone’s appreciation will always resonate”. He also thanked King Felipe VI, “a depository of a historical legacy of unity and cohesion of Spain that the Crown is, which honours us in chairing this act”, as well as “all those who have helped the airport open its doors today, thereby providing us with a new driving force, a stimulus for our growth, after the long path, not without difficulties, that has led us here”.