Noon December 16th 2006, over 170 journalists, photographers, TV crews
and one lone reporter from BBC Radio awaited the big event. As a warm up the
British Airways franchise holder GB Airways started this historic day
by hosting a special flight to Madrid for schoolchildren from Gibraltar
and the Campo and other guests
At 13.00 hours Gibraltar time, Ricardo Génova, Operations Director of
the Spanish airline Iberia made a model landing on one of the world's
most awkward airports - the Rock of Gibraltar. This was the first ever
Spanish airline to land at Gibraltar and the first aircraft from Madrid
to do so in 27 years.
The event marked the most tangible signal that
after decades of tension affecting Spain, Britain and Gibraltar are
finally overcoming a thorny sovereignty dispute by focussing on
co-operation and respect.