I have only just spotted that San Javier airport in Murcia is closing in January 2019. This has been talked about and written about for a number of years. However it is now happening in a couple of months time.
The replacement airport opening in January 2019 is Corvera. Corvera is closer to Almerimar than San Javier. Corvera is accessible in less than 2 1/2 hours according to Google maps. The route without toll roads is just under 2 /12 hours with dual carriageway all the way. Or you can use toll roads and get there even quicker - probably around 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes.
Although it is a little further away than Málaga it is quite a bit closer than San Javier.
I understand that Jet2 and Ryanair are among the airlines that are planning to use the new airport when it opens in January.
I wonder who will be the first Almerimar resident to use Corvera airport.