THE first flight to land this morning at the latest Spanish airport, Murcia International Airport, was a Ryanair flight from East Midlands.
Twenty-five minutes ahead of schedule, the FR1824 Ryanair flight, arrived at 10.05am local time today (Tuesday).
The Ryanair flight received a warm welcome from local reporters, TV stations and photographers.
The aircraft arrived just before King Felipe’s private jet.
The Corvera Airport or the Region of Murcia International Airport opening was officiated today by the King of Spain, Felipe VI, shortly after the first commercial flight.
Murcia’s new airport was cleared of passengers for the opening event, with over 500 guests attending.
The airport was built as a replacement for Murcia–San Javier Airport, which was steadily running out of capacity.
Construction started in 2008 and was expected to open five years ago, but due to financial and legal causes, the opening was postponed.
Approximately 5 million passengers can be handled every year at the new Costa Blanca airport.
East Midlands will be one of nine routes that the company will operate this summer, including Birmingham, Bournemouth, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester.
Eighty per cent of passengers are expected to be from the UK.