Contracts have been awarded for falconry, meteorological services and more ahead of the opening of Corvera Airport. It was recently announced that the meteorological services contract was awarded to Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) – Spain’s meteorological agency operating under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
AEMET has currently been awarded a one-year contract for €187,000. The contract itself is also extendable by two years. AEMET will be establishing a meteorological office at Corvera Airport, and will be installing monitoring devices to keep the Airport informed of meteorological conditions and any potential issues. This will help to reduce potential delays and to account for weather changes that could cause significant issues with flights.
Similarly, a contract for wildlife control services worth €61,000 has also been awarded to help reduce problems and delays at Corvera Airport. This includes falcon patrols to keep birds away from the airport, making sure that other birds will not cause issues with planes taking off and landing at the Airport.
Falcons are natural avian predators, making them perfect for deterring other birds from coming near the airport. Falconry services are used in airports across the world with much success, including the US, the UK and Canada where falcons are often used to chase away geese. There is also an existing contract already in place for falconry services at Murcia-San Javier Airport.
Other service contracts have also been awarded as well as the animal control and meteorological contracts. This included maintenance contracts for inside the airport building and exterior maintenance, worth €496,000 and €450,000 respectively. Others include contracts for car park machinery replacements, technical assistance, refurbishment of commercial premises and an aeronautical services proposal.