Save our airport!

HUNDREDS gathered outside the Regional Assembly offices in Cartagena to protest against plans to close San Javier airport when the new facility at Corvera opens.

It comes after Regional President Alberto Garre confirmed that he was in negotiations with airports operator Aena regarding the closure of San Javier.

President of the Platform in Defence of San Javier, Santiago Pina, said the closure of San Javier would result in the loss of 450 direct jobs and 1,200 indirect positions. He added: “The decision to close the airport is a political strategy and it is they who have the final decision, much to our regret.”

Speaking at the Regional Assembly, Garre insisted that closing San Javier was necessary for the development of Murcia but said he was trying to safeguard all jobs at San Javier and making it a priority during the negotiations.

There is still no set date as to when the long-awaited Corvera airport will actually open, with Garre simply saying it should be open ‘as soon as possible’.

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    • Rachel

      19 February 2015 • 08:45

      tourism in Andalucia is already suffering due to lack of open airports all year round, why not just let it go back to a third world country, with no tourism or work for locals……Almeria is only available to outside flights between end of March and September, Murcia is not much better but a least it gives you a choice of another airport relatively close, but if it is closed permanently no one will visit the Northern parts of Andalucia due to inacessability…’s ridiculous.

    • sylvia fleck

      19 February 2015 • 09:17

      this is a travesty of right wrong and utter stupidity on the side of politics v the good of the people and visitors to this area in spain.san Javier is a perfect airport in every way, exept for the lack of flights,particulary in the winter.this will not change just because a massive new waste of money is opened.cut your losses,turn it into a factory or some thing usefull.leave our airport alone,its ours,and I for one would not use corvera.


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