While the headlines in Spain have focused almost exclusively on Pedro Sánchez's first week as Prime Minister and the naming of his cabinet ministers, in Murcia the topic attracting most attention have been, once again, the new airport in Corvera.
At Corvera the first commercial flights will operate on Tuesday 15th January, according to Jaime García Legaz, the president of management company Aena, and although many dates have been specified in the past this time the timeframe seems far more credible, not least because airlines are already selling seats on flights to and from the airport.
Sr García Legaz, quoting Aena's latest progress report, was careful to add the caveat "barring unforeseen circumstances", but also states that in technical and administrative terms the airport will be ready to operate during December of this year, prior to the opening after the Christmas and New Year season. At the same time he provided more details of the progress being made: a "pre-agreement" is in place with the company's 70 employees at San Javier airport by which they will be transferred to Corvera along with the flights, steps are being taken to enable all of the ancillary companies operating at San Javier to move to Corvera, agreements have already been reached with the Policía Nacional and the Guardia Civil regarding border control and security, and the airport is already declared a customs zone.
The impression given is that after years of doubt, changes of policy, setbacks, disagreements and unfulfilled promises, this time it's for real: the airport at Corvera is on track to open in just over seven months' time.