It’s not really that long now until San Javier airport will close its doors on commercial flights and passengers will be arriving at the new airport at Corvera (RMU).

It has been confirmed that the four airlines that currently operate from the Mar Menor airport will move to Corvera next year.

However, some of the routes will not operate until after the winter campaign – or in March 2019, to be more precise.

Ryanair is the airline offering the greatest number of routes from San Javier, with around 20 flights a week to destinations such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, London-Luton, Manchester, Dublin, Stansted etc.

And the Irish low-cost airline has already started advertising a number of the above routes on its website from Corvera from 15 January 2019 – the estimated opening date given by Aena.

TUI will maintain its eight weekly flights to Antwerp, Brussels and Charleroi in Belgium.

Easyjet and Jet2 will also make the move to Corvera, continuing with their flights to five UK destinations.

Easyjet, however, will begin to operate at Corvera airport from the end of March, with flights to Bristol, London-Gatwick and Southend, while Jet2 will fly to Leeds and Manchester.

It is hoped that airlines that do not fly from San Javier will consider adding their own routes from the new airport from next year. The management have been in talks with Iberia and Volotea, but, as yet, nothing has been confirmed.

It is understood that passenger numbers will drop during the first two years that Corvera is open, but after this, figures are likely to pick up as passengers start to opt for this airport instead of Alicante.