Regional Airport of Murcia (AIRM), also known as Covera Airport, was officially launched after King Felipe VI of Spain declared it open for business earlier this week (January 15, 2019).
The first inbound flight to land at Corvera, piloted by 2 men from the region of Murcia, left East Midlands airport at 10:25 that morning.
The airport had a total of 16 operations scheduled on the first day, consisting of eight arrivals and eight departures from the UK and Ireland.
Ryanair and easyJet operated flights between East Midlands, Bristol, London-Stansted, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, London-Southend, London-Luton and Dublin. Roughly 3,000 passengers were expected to pass through the new airport facilities on opening day.
Plenty of people went along to the see the airport, to look around the new terminal building and see the King after the opening ceremony. There was also a strong police presence at the airport as part of a large scale security operation which saw the King preside over the official inauguration ceremony.
Photo: Covera Murcia