The Region of Murcia now has an air connection with Madrid

The inaugural flight from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport and Murcia Airport, which has counted among the passengers the President of the Regional Government, Fernando López Miras and the Regional Minister of Tourism, Carmen Conesa.

The Region of Murcia now has an air connection with Madrid, through the company Volotea. The inaugural flight from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport to the International Airport of the Region of Murcia-Juan de la Cierva took place this Friday, and the President of the Regional Government, Fernando López Miras, was among the passengers.

“It is a great leap to improve the connections of the Region of Murcia,” said the head of the regional executive before taking the flight, while stressing that through this new line “we meet two objectives that we set ourselves from the regional government: on the one hand, to attract more and more tourists to the Region of Murcia, and on the other, to enhance the opportunities of our companies and citizens, giving more comfort to their business travel.

At the presentation ceremony of the route, held in Barajas, the president of the Community was accompanied by the regional government minister responsible for Tourism, Carmen Conesa, and by the co-founder of Volotea, Lázaro Ros.

This marks the start of the new flight programme connecting the Region with the two main Spanish cities, with return flights to Madrid (inaugurated this Friday), and to Barcelona (the first flight will be next Sunday, 3 December). Both routes are operated by the company Volotea.

López Miras stated that “we have been waiting many years for these connections” with both cities, which were “very much in demand and very much in demand socially”. For the president, the citizens of the region “were owed this, and we have managed to make it a reality”.

The Madrid route will have two weekly frequencies, Tuesdays and Fridays, although from 15 January the offer will be adapted to Mondays and Fridays. The Barcelona route will also be launched with two weekly frequencies, on Wednesdays and Sundays, and will be adapted to Mondays and Fridays after the Christmas holidays.

340 FLIGHTS BETWEEN MADRID AND BARCELONA
Until September 2024, the Madrid route will offer a total of 28,000 seats and 170 flights, while the Barcelona route will offer 29,000 seats and another 170 flights. Thus, 340 flights will link the Region of Murcia with these two cities, with 57,000 seats.

“We are talking about routes that were in great demand both by our productive fabric and by professionals in the tourism sector, and their implementation responds to the firm commitment of the Government of the Region of Murcia to continue strengthening the Region’s air connectivity,” said López Miras.

The Region will be connected to at least 22 destinations in the coming summer season, from a total of seven countries. These destinations include, in addition to Spain, airports in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Morocco, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium.

In the case of Belgium, López Miras announced just this week in Brussels that the Region of Murcia is going to recover its air connections with this country from March 2024, specifically with Antwerp and Bruges.

OTHER NEW DEVELOPMENTS: PORT AND OSTRAVA
On the domestic side, in addition to the incorporations of Madrid and Barcelona, the link with Gran Canaria will continue, connections to Oviedo, Santander and Menorca will return, and Bilbao will be resumed after two years.

Among the international novelties is the new link with Oporto (Portugal) and Ostrava (Czech Republic), as well as the reinforcement of the connection with the United Kingdom, adding new destinations and operations in summer to those that already exist in the winter season.

“One of the commitments of the regional government is to promote and improve the connectivity of the Region of Murcia with the rest of Spain and the rest of Europe,” said the president, who has highlighted the fact that “today we are finally launching the line with Madrid; from Sunday we will do so with Barcelona, and we are going to continue in this dynamic of promoting air connections in the Region of Murcia.

The Airport will have an average of 80 weekly frequencies for the high season of 2024, both scheduled and charter flights. The biggest increase is in domestic frequencies, which will rise from 11 to 15, representing an increase of 36 percent.

Thus, the regional government continues to make progress in its project to boost air transport, which includes the establishment of connections with its priority markets and is aligned with the Community’s Strategic Tourism Plan 2022-2032. Specifically, it seeks to take advantage of the airport’s capacity as a strategic tourist infrastructure to promote the arrival of more tourists and visitors to the Region.

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