! Murcia today – Murcia airport hopes to increase the number of flight destinations in 2022

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Date Posted: 11/01/2022

It is hoped that an injection of funds from the regional government will boost commercial air traffic through Murcia airport

As the international airport in the region of Murcia, more commonly known as Corvera, struggles to recover from the pandemic, the Minister of Tourism has announced a large injection of funds which will hopefully increase costs. flights operating between the region and destinations such as Porto, Norway, Paris and the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela in 2022.
Corvera turns three on January 15 and although the airport has started the winter season in October promisingly with connections to Morocco, the UK, Belgium and the Canary Islands, the limited number of routes currently operated is still considerably lower. than during the pre-pandemic winter of 2019.

Binter airline will continue to offer more than 30,600 seats between November and March to destinations such as Las Palmas, Casablanca and Oujda, as part of the tourism board’s efforts to boost domestic tourism.

This year’s tourism budget includes € 21.2 million for the Extraordinary Plan for the Sustainability of Tourism; of this amount, nine million will be allocated to the promotion of tourism and an additional 1.5 million has been allocated to the “promote airport connectivity” with Corvera.

Despite a turbulent period at the height of the health crisis, Murcia airport increased its passenger numbers by 13.5% in the first 10 months of last year compared to the same period of 2020, although that pre-pandemic commercial air traffic levels remain elusive given the low number of routes currently in operation.

This translates to a total passenger traffic of 283,436 for 2021, 30% higher than the 2020 figures, but 74% lower than the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

Before the controversial transfer of the airport facilities from San Javier to Corvera, the regional airport handled more than one million passengers per year.

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