PASSENGER numbers are falling at Murcia’s San Javier airport, according to a new report.
Figures released by the Aena airport management company, which runs most of Spain’s airports, showed that during September, passenger numbers rose at most airports in the country, except San Javier.
The airport is currently the 18th busiest in Spain and in September the figure for passenger numbers coming through it was nearly 134,200. But the report reveals this was 3.3 per cent down on the same month last year and 38 per cent less than in September 2007, its busiest year just before the crisis hit.
The figures however do not mean fewer people are going to the Mar Menor. Many visitors are forced to use neighbouring Alicante-Elche airport as there are fewer services at San Javier.
The problem has been identified as airlines are refusing to commit to San Javier while awaiting the opening of the new Murcia Corvera airport.