10 Things about Murcia Airport

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Murcia-San Javier Airport
Source: Phillip Capper

Murcia Airport is at San Javier, San Javier is at 17 miles southeast of Murcia. Airport connects Murcia and Cartagena with other European airports.  The airport is small, not much crowded and has all the facilities. Let’s have a look at 10 Things to know about Murcia Airport.

1.  Military air base

The Murcia airport is military air base as well as a civilian passenger airport. The Military base is Located at the northern part of Airport. Currently, the-the military base is used by Spanish airforce and jet engined training aircraft. You can see the famous aerobatic display team practicing at this base. Also, the military base has it’s  own separate parallel runway.

2. Easy to get in and out!

Inside of Murcia Airport
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Murcia airport is a tiny airport, yet an airport with all the amenities. The airport is small and is well organized  making it really easy to find your way, without much hustle. People say that it is really easy to get in and out of the airport when compared to other airports. There are less public transport facilities so you must hire a taxi to get out of the airport or else you will get stuck here.

3. Tiny Airport, but can handle a Boeing 757

The Murcia airport is small but is large enough to handle a mid-size aircraft’s like Boeing 757 and 767; These aircraft usually have 300 seats, and can cruise at a speed of 850 kmph to 970 kmph. There are two runway’s serving the airport one is 2300 m  and other is 1580 m long.

4. Safety measures

Though the airport being small, they have taken very effective safety measures. The airport has category 5 fire cover by IATA (International Air Transport Association) and also has ambulance facility.

5. Management – ENAIRE

Source: Luis García

The airport of Murcia, Spain is being managed and operated by ENAIRE. ENAIRE previously known as AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea), is a government body which manages most of the airports in Spain.

6. Airlines

A survey points that the number of passengers traveling by this airport has increased by 204.83% from 1995 to 2012. 1,181,490 passengers traveled from this airport in the year 2012. Thanks to low budget airlines. Airlines operating at Murcia airport:

  • Aer Lingus
  • easyJet
  • Iberia Regional
  • Jet2.com
  • Jetairfly
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Ryanair

7. Destinations

The Murcia city is one of the famous travel destinations in Spain. The airport connects this city to various airports of Europe, here is the list of destinations to which the airport is connected:

Regular Fights to:

  • Bristol, London–Gatwick by easyJet
  • Madrid by Iberia Regional
  • Charleroi by Jetairfly
  • Birmingham, Dublin, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester by Ryanair

Seasonal Flights to:

  • Dublin by Aer Lingus
  • Belfast–International, Edinburgh, Bradford, Manchester by Jet2.com
  • Bergen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim by Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Bournemouth, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Leeds/Bradford, Prestwick by Ryanair

8. Public transport to Murcia Airport

The Murcia airport is 27 km southeast of Murcia and has limited public transportation facilities. Daily there are three buses running from Airport to the city at 13.25, 16.30 and 19.00. The other best option is to hire a taxi, it will cost you around 60 Euros.

9. Facilities at the airport

The airport handles nearly 1.5 million people a year, and the airport has a parking area very near to the terminal. The facilities provided include food store, gift shop, general store, cafe, sandwich shop, cashpoints, and a tourist information desk

10. Shutting Down!

In November 2011, the Ministery of Public Works, and Secretary of State for Transport inked to an agreement stating that the airport would stand closed for civilian traffic with effect from 2012. But as of today, the airport still operates civilian aircraft. But, it is surely going to shut down as they are constructing a new airport at Corvera and is expected to start operations by 2017.


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