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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Flight-time restrictions may be relaxed at Murcia-San Javier from next March

A new 2,000 metre runway solely for military use will soon come into use at Murcia-San Javier (MJV) airport, leaving the existing runway for use by civilian aircraft. This may permit airlines to schedule flights at any hour of the day from next March. Currently most civilian flights out of MJV operate in the evenings, apart from some domestic flights in the early morning to destinations such as Madrid and Barcelona to satisfy the needs of the local Murcian business community, because the military require to use the airport for training exercises in the mornings.

Against this forthcoming relaxation of the hours of operation, there has been a fall of 4 per cent in civilian traffic in the first 7 months of 2008, compared with the same period in 2007, attributed to the credit-crunch and there is also the future regional airport at Corvera which will undoubtedly compete for traffic. In summary, the increased hours of operation at MJV may not necessarily result in an increase in the number of scheduled flights, although there may be scope for charter and more private flights to use the airport, as these have in the past been put off flying into MJV because of the restrictions on morning flights.

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