Although the tender to run Corvera airport has not yet been prepared, a number of “interested parties” are visiting the installations this month to get a feel for the place. You’ll remember that Aeromur, the old management company, was finally fired by the courts last year. Local press say that “several international companies specialised in running airports in Europe and the United States” have come to have a look. Francisco Bernabé, transport minister for the Continue reading Tender to run Corvera airport being mooted
I’ve just been on a trip, and decided to go via Malaga airport. Now that the motorway is open all the way there, it’s a fantastically easy journey. We swung onto the motorway at junction 520 and steamed down westwards. We all know the trip to Almeria, so I’ll skip over that bit. Past Almeria we get into the heavier traffic around Roquetas / El Ejido for half an hour. But it’s a good run Continue reading A trip to Malaga airport
Stuff all the nonsense about whether Corvera will ever open, we now have the two largest airports in southern Spain at roughly the same distance from us. The new motorway to Malaga is fully open, and from here to Malaga will take roughly 2 hours 30 minutes. Malaga is now 110 minutes from Almeria city, add the 45 minutes it takes to get there and another 10 mins to get to the airport… Flights from Continue reading Motorway to Malaga is now open, and airport is now viable!
The Guardia Civil’s financial crimes division have arrested 130 people after discovering a businessman offering fake work contracts to help people obtain benefits they were not entitled to. [Adsense-B] The scam involved two companies based out of Torre Pacheco in Murcia. The main company was a real fruit and vegetable supply company that operated normally, but whose owner had diversified into benefit fraud. He had setup a second company which had no clients, assets or Continue reading 130 arrested in benefit fraud crackdown
From the Sunday times today: When American entrepreneur Gregory Peters planted the first palm trees in the dusty soil of La Manga Golf Club more than 43 years ago he can have had no idea that the resort — and the country around it — would be in the rough more times than Tiger Woods’s comeback. La Manga Club, a holiday resort not far from Murcia in southern Spain, encapsulates the Spanish property market, mirroring Continue reading Luxury homes builders start work again in Spain
Aeromur has had all links with Corvera airport formally severed, meaning the ill fated airport, in the style of the Marie Celeste, is now coasting onwards with nobody on board. You’ll remember that Aeromur is the company that was supposed to run Covera airport, a consortium setup of local bigwigs and Murcia Region. When their financing went poof! in the recession, the Murcian government stepped in to underwrite an eye watering debt. A debt which Continue reading Corvera set back as concessionary finally fired
The head of the National Police’s anti-drug squad in Murcia has been arrested for non-specified drug offences. And why not? Some would argue he’s in the right job for his hobbies. One other police officer was also arrested, along with five civilians, after an investigation by the Internal Affairs department of the National Police. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Asuntos Internos, it seems. The affair does not involve the larger anti-drugs unit according to Europa Press. Continue reading Murcia anti-drugs police chief – arrested for drug offences
A gravedigger in Guardamar del Segura (Murcia) has been suspended after he took a selfie with a mummified corpse and put it on Facebook. Clemente was opening a family tomb when he discovered that a 23 year corpse in the pantheon had mummified, instead of, ahem, decomposing. That’s the trouble with this above ground internment in a desert area… Anyway, Clement, along with a unidentified man, pulled the mummy out, propped him up and took Continue reading Gravedigger in trouble after selfie with corpse
The local PP party is jubilant at the news that a section of high speed railway between Almeria and Murcia looks set to be contracted out by next year. The abandoned railway, which has cost the state over a billion euros (the tunnels and all), has been sitting mouldering in the sun for the last few years after the cash ran out. Earlier this year, ADIF, the railways operator, ordered the tunnels to be sealed Continue reading AVE train promises ahead of elections
A Murcian rancher is in jail after police raided his farm and discovered many malnutrition and dying animals. As part of “Operation Dieta”, a crackdown on pet abuse across the Region, police had been investigating smallholders to see if they were keeping their animals in good condition when they stumbled across the farm in Molina de Segura.