There's a new airport going to be built to replace MJV
- which is primarily military anyway - expected to be opened 2009..
According to the local Brtitish press out here it is said that Ryanair have expressed a strong interest in operating from the new airport as have Easyjet and J2
It will be located at Corvera - about half way between Murcia and Fuente Alamo in Murcia
The following article is from Round Town News
"San Javier belongs to the national airport operator, Aena, while Corvera is a project of the Murcia region itself. The contract for the new airport has been awarded to the Aeromur consortium, which is lead by the Sacyr group. The airport will be built and operated over a 40-year concession period. The new airport is expected to receive its first flights in 2009. Low cost airlines were quick to react to the announcement, with reports that within hours of the award, Jet2 and Easyjet had been in contact with the winning consortium that has been talking with some 15 budget airlines over the past few months. The big attraction of the new airport at Corvera is that it will operate 24-hours a day - unlike San Javier which is restricted mainly to afternoon and evening operations as the facility is shared with the Spanish air force. That hasn't stopped Aenea investing heavily, however, in new facilities there, including a new runway and a second control tower which are expected to open this year. Corvera will feature one runway with a modern passenger terminal, parking and all other facilities. The terminal will have an area of 28,000 square metres with nine air bridges allowing direct access to aircraft. The construction cost is estimated at 185 million euros.
"The forecast usage for the opening year is five million passengers, with this rising to nine million in 2015 and more than 14 million in 2030. Other members of the Aeromur group include Cajamurcia, Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo, Grupo Fuertes, Cementos La Cruz, Grupo Monthisa and Inocsa. The award of the concession was made after an international competition and assessment of proposals. No money is being put into the development by the regional government with the concession holder responsible for all expenditure. Corvera is located near Fuente Alamo, and is well placed to serve the whole of Murcia. It is also close to motorways connecting to Alicante, so Aena could face competition for its airport there as well as at San Javier from an aggressive new private operator. No wonder, the low-cost airlines have already been in touch and stiff price competition can be expected when landing fees and service charges are discussed in the future. Provisional figures from Aena show traffic grew strongly at San Javier during 2006, with a total of 1,646,886, passengers, an increase of 16.2 percent. Aircraft movements totaled 18,236, up 7.1 percent. Airlines serving San Javier are Air Berlin, British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, Iberia, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian and Ryanair. Traffic is also strong this year, with 211,246 passengers in the first two months and 2,502 aircraft movements."
Hope this is informative