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Scheduled maintenance will close the runway at the shared U.S.-Spanish Navy base in Rota, Spain, from May 27 to July 3, U.S. Navy officials said.

Travelers on official or space-available orders will be shuttled to Morón Air Base during that time.

Incoming and outgoing Patriot Express (CAT-B) passengers on orders, including personnel under permanent change of station orders, still will be processed in and out of the Rota Air Terminal, and then bused to Morón, about 2 hours away.

Passengers with animals or special transportation needs can use friends to help them get to Morón only after having checked in and processed at the Rota Air Terminal. Those seeking to travel on a space-available status will still vie for seats at the Rota terminal and can take the bus if they receive needed travel orders.

Space-available travelers taking flights other than the Patriot Express need to report directly to Morón for sign-up, check-in and roll call. Those travelers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Morón and any other needs like lodging or parking.

Roughly 42,000 passengers fly in and out of Rota per year.

Officials recommend sponsors meet incoming personnel at Rota instead of Morón.

“We don’t want sponsors picking up incoming personnel with their personal vehicles from Morón, because the required security, immigration and customs check-ins will not be complete until the passengers are processed back in Rota,” Rota’s air officer, Cmdr. Tim McGarvey, said in a statement. “It’s best to let them ride the bus to Rota and allow the required check-in process to happen.”

For more information, contact Rota’s Passenger Services at DSN 727-2411.

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