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Alicante-Elche Airport To Have Name Change

It has now been confirmed that Alicante-Elche Airport is to be re-named renamed Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández after the Orihuela poet Miguel Hernandez.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos and was approved by the government during celebrations of the 110th anniversary of the birth of the poet. During a tribute to the poet the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, read a poem as he announced to the audience that today is a “day with Mediterranean sunshine and with the news that Alicante Airport, the largest of the Valencian Community is to be called Miguel Hernández 110 years after his birth“.

José Luis Ábalos said that Alicante owes a tribute to the poet and that is why the terminal will soon carry his name to “value the contribution he has made to our culture and to increase the knowledge of his legacy. Miguel Hernández has an international reputation “and we are all very much in his debt as no country worth its salt condemns one of its essential poets to death and remains morally undamaged and although many streets, schools and a university have already been dedicated to him, Spain owes him a national tribute if it is to repay a small part of the immense debt we have with him.”

Hernandez has his first book published when he was just 23 years old and became a Communist Party member and was opposed to General Franco, the fascist dictator during the Spanish Civil War in the late 30’s. He was sentenced to death by Franco but Franco then commuted it to a 30 year jail term instead, to avoid him becoming a martyr. Hernandez died in Alicante prison in March 1942 of tuberculosis.

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