Murcia Airport (San Javier) will soon have a second runway, which will allow morning flights (at the moment the military use the runway in the morning). According to La Verdad (July 04), morning flights will start up even before the runway is ready. There is also a new international airport planned nearer to Murcia city, but my understanding is that San Javier will continue to operate. It looks like it might open within a year or so (from 2010). For flights to the coast, Mar Menor and La Manga, San Javier will be more convenient anyway.
If you're looking for a cheap flight (to anywhere, from UK), I recommend having a look
Flights to Malaga. This has the great advantage of simultaneously
searching a large number of airlines, both scheduled (incl. low cost) and
chartered, and it covers the other big agencies such as Opodo, Lastminute.com etc. You get directed through to the website of the chosen
operator, so you can feel secure. For trips to the Costa Blanca/Calida: I used it on my last trip and
it worked very well - separate checks confirmed that nothing had been missed.
And when I used it for a a recent trip to Madrid, it even turned up BA
flights which I couldn't find on the BA website (which were genuine as I used
one). I will certainly use this from now on. It does not however do one-way
flights emanating from Spain.
Note; the rest of this page is out of date.
Ryan Air are now flying from Prestwick
(from 1 March 2005), Liverpool (31 March), Luton (12 Jan 05) to Murcia from 2005.
Easyjet start flying to Murcia from Bristol starting 7 July 2005.
Globespan are flying from Glasgow to Alicante and also from Edinburgh. Prices can be very low. My impression from both is that even when they are close to being full prices do not rise that much, unlike other no frills airlines.
On the BA website (www.ba.com) you can now book return flights to Murcia, emanating from London (or from Murcia). There are also singles, but they typically look expensive relative to returns.
Air2000 (flights to Alicante from Gatwick/Manchester) was renamed First Choice Airways from end March 2004.
For charter flights I have used
Thomson Flights (Britannia) a few times (good for kids and you can order a
meal for £5/£2.50 (kids)); Thomson is also good for single charter flights from
Spain, which otherwise seem difficult to find. I also used
-- but it doesn't allow searches for singles emanating from Spain, and I have
found that it tends to spew up lots of expensive flights. Flightsavers is another useful travel link for flights emanating from UK. For one-way charter flights originating in Spain you may have to book via a
Spanish agent. Try air2000 on 965868152
, 9am-7pm 7 days a week, for First Choice, Falcon, Unijet; or Airtours on 800
400 800/971 900 100; or Britannia/Thomson on 902 282 838 (9am-9pm weekdays,
9-6pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun). These are Spanish numbers; you have to prefix by 0034
Easyjet to Murcia from Bristol (7 July 2005).
Aerlingus : to Alicante from Dublin.
Flights to Valencia
Thomson Fly : to VALENCIA from COVENTRY
Jet2com start flying Manchester to Valencia from 19 March 2005.
Murcia Flights with Spanish contact numbers (out of date probably)
BIRMINGHAM and MANCHESTER. MYTRAVEL AIRWAYS Diario/Daily. 968 17 20 76
MADRID-BARAJAS IBERIA-LINEAS AEREAS ESPAÑA
The Owl and the Sparrow
The Owl and the Sparrow is a book about a battle that takes place in a forest. The battle is between the birds on one side of the forest, which they themselves call the good side of the forest, and the birds (vultures) on the other side, the dark side of the forest.
Owl is the leader of the good forest and his adversary is the Condor, reputed as being the darkest force in the forest. Into the story enters an apparently naive sparrow who is seduced by Condor into the dark side of the forest against the rulings of Owl. Owl refuses to send help because he does not want to endanger the lives of more birds, but also because he is furious with the sparrow. He says that sparrow was asking for trouble.
Also on the good side of the forest are an incredibly silly group of finches who like to play games and torment the vultures. But their silliness and game-playing skills are no match for the profound darkness of the vultures, and some are captured, and terrorised.
Golden Eagle rules over the whole forest, but he gets little involved because he has left Owl a set of rules. Finally he gets angry with what he sees happening on both sides of the forest, and realises that rules are not enough. So out of his concern and love for the birds , he sends his son, Silver Eagle, to the forest. The book covers the events that follow including a bitter battle and the discovery that there is an unknown traitor within their camp.
Author Ruth Thomas
Editor Joan Mitchell
First version typed up and suggestions made by Deborah van Welie