Malaga Airport has been celebrating the centenary of the first landing on the current site.
Last Saturday, 9th March was the actual date in 1919, when the airport opened ( actually it was then farmland) as a stop on a primative airmail service from France to Africa.
The easyJet flight arriving last Saturday morning from Liverpool just after 10.30 was chosen as the commercial flight arriving at the nearest time to the 1919 flight. Also a Piper Warrior III (EC-JQS)and two other light aircraft were used to mark the occasion.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2019 12:02:37 GMT 1 by viscount
You have beaten me to this by an hour. I was busy taking a photo of the cover and obtaining an image code through gdurl, while you had the better idea of grabbing the cover page from the on-line edition.
Great bit of 'subliminal' front page advertising for the Malaga-Liverpool easyJet service. Liverpool was mentioned again in the main article text on page 2. I think the only aircraft to fly the whole original mail route Toulouse-Malaga was the Real Aero Club de Malaga (Royal Aero Club of Malaga), Velez-Malaga based Cherokee EC-JQS. The other two, 1920s biplane replicas, only accompanied the Cherokee on departure in France - well that is my interpretation of the what the journalist wrote. In the page 2 article, the journalist goes to some length to state that the easyJet passengers from Liverpool were warned in advance so that they would not panic when fire engines appeared, then covered their aircraft with water!
For those not familiar, 'Sur' is a free English language weekly newspaper distributed in some numbers along the whole Costa del Sol section of Southern Spain. Also the daily Spanish language version ran the same front page picture and headline/caption.
Same edition also mentions that there is a Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX stranded at Malaga Airport by the 'grounding order'.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2019 12:04:07 GMT 1 by viscount
Viscount .... Well that is just taking the biscuit!
Post by radiostationx on Mar 16, 2019 12:08:14 GMT 1
Another story caught my eye on the page, the setting up of a brexit information centre in Mijas town hall. I have been to Mijas lots of times, voted the most beautiful village in southern Spain several times over in the 1990s. The best times to visit always being early mornings or evenings to avoid the tourist coaches. Mijas is not exactly on the beaten path for ex-pats,it is in fact just about as far off it you can get. Surely a better location would have been central Malaga, within easy reach of most locations on the public transport network.
"I think the only aircraft to fly the whole original mail route Toulouse-Malaga was the Real Aero Club de Malaga (Royal Aero Club of Malaga), Velez-Malaga based Cherokee EC-JQS. The other two, 1920s biplane replicas, only accompanied the Cherokee on departure in France".
The paper edition had more, including another shot of the easyJet arriving from Liverpool.
Mijas is now a very large centre for ex-pats. 'RadiostationX' may be thinking of Mijas Pueblo up in the hills which is a very pretty village much visited by the tourist coachload. Down on the coast La Cala de Mijas has Torremolinos on one side and Calahonda on the other, so is very much an English area. Mijas Costa was the first place we were taken by an Estate Agent when we were initially looking for an apartment because of the area's British population, we then refined our plans by realising neither an apartment or the coast were not for us and looked at villas inland the other side of Malaga instead. British TV programmes (Summer Sun, Winter Sun, Home or Away etc) seem to show properties for sale in Mijas (Pueblo rather than Costa) more frequently than any other town along the Costa del Sol.
For a picture of the stranded Norwegian Air MAX8 out on the long-term airliner and biz-jet parking stands of Malaga airport try:
Post by radiostationx on Mar 16, 2019 20:28:05 GMT 1
Thanks Brian for the clarification, Mijas Pueblo was the only Mijas in the area when I was there in the early 1990s. The other one must have sprung up out of nowhere which is not unusual. Torremolinos and the surrounding area had huge central government investment at the time to make it more attractive for families and less attractive for the louts. The blue uniformed local police force was trebled and the backup from guardia civil "greens" was fierce enough to put any larger lout off his pint.