I visited the site a few months ago. It was a hive of activity. The runway seems to be finished and I could see taxiways. The terminal is now also very advanced.
Having said all that, I have read on Spanish forums that Corvera will never open. Other new airports have been built in Spain over the last few years and then abandoned.
This was posted on another forum.
San Javier originally had problems with military restrictions imposed Monday to Friday by the air force for pilot training. No airlines were allowed to use San Javier between 08:00 and 15:00. The only outbound flight that left before 08:00 was the daily commuter flight by Air Nostrum/Iberia to Madrid. No inbound flights arrived until after 15:00.
Since the opening of a second runway and new control tower at San Javier in March of this year, these restrictions have now been removed. Airlines are now able to use the airport throughout the day without any restrictions.
Its worth pointing out with regards to San Javier that Government run AENA have appointed a new Managing Director to run the airport within the last couple of weeks and he has been given more money to spend on improving the airport airside.
The issue about it being built in a military only restricted airspace was raised by Spanish Unions this March, who presented to a media conference a copy of the airspace map for the region with the restriction clearly marked. The full associated article can be found here:-
In summary of the article - Workers' Commissions (CCOO) said yesterday that the new Corvera International Airport will be "like Castellón. This is an airspace" restricted "to any flight except the military that includes the region of Murcia and runs 30 kilometers from Alicante, Albacete, Granada and Almeria.
Someone has commented on the net that the military continue to refuse access to civil aircraft in the Corvera airspace. Apparently it is also a parachute drop area.
Its planned to operate 24hrs aday, yet they only built a single runway which was extended further than planned to accomodate A380s. The proposed flight path to the airport has a steep angle of decent due to the surrounding mountain terrain.
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