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Murcia-San Javier Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic / Military
ServesMurcia and Cartagena, Spain
LocationSan Javier, Spain
Elevation3.4 m (11 ft)

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Murcia-San Javier Airport is a military air base and civilian passenger airport located in San Javier, 17 miles south of Murcia, Spain. It is operated by Aena (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea, or Spanish Airports and Aerial Navigation), the Spanish airport authority.

The airport can receive aircraft up to the size of Boeing 757 or 767. It has been declared fire category 5 by the IATA, and it has one ambulance available. Because Murcia is a popular destination for charter groups, the airport is served by a number of charter airlines.

Over the last few years, Murcia Airport has become busier, thanks to the arrival of several low-cost airlines. According to Aena, passenger numbers have jumped from just 88,608 in 1995 to 1,630,684 passengers in 2009.Although the airport is on the Costa Cálida, it also lends itself well to people travelling to the southern tip of the Costa Blanca, particularly resort towns such as Torrevieja.

On 21 July 2010 Ryanair announced it will pull seven of its nine routes from Murcia. Ryanair blamed the pull out on the Murcian Government failing to promote tourism. Ryanair will operate routes to London Stansted and Dublin during the winter but they will be at a reduced level. Ryanair did not confirm that the routes which were dropped for the winter will return for summer 2011. Ryanair accounts for almost 50% of flights from Murcia. The airport will also lose 120,000 passengers during the winter months and lose 76 weekly flights.

Ryanair announced that seven routes will be suspended for winter.

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