Gibraltar is unique in having an international airport
a few minutes walk from the town center. Fortunatly for those
with baggage, there are taxis and a regular bus service just
outside the terminal building.
Gibraltar airport is classified as a Category 3 British
Regional airport under Directive 83/416/EEC of 25 July 1983
which regulated the authorisation of scheduled inter-regional
air services of the transport of passengers, mail and cargo.
The new passenger terminal opened in 2011 and offers an array of display screens
throughout the Terminal with up-to-the-minute flight information.
It offers modern facilities for travellers and a first class lounge.
Duty-free shopping is an attractive option for anyone arriving or
leaving the Rock, with shops available in both areas.
When the frontier with Spain was closed the airport was a
lifeline for Gibraltar. Since it re-opened, it has become a
valuable asset to the tourist industry in Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol.
Restrictions on flight movements introduced by the Spanish Government were removed
with the Cordoba Agreement in 2006. A daily service by Iberia to Madrid started operation.
However it was to be short lived for economic reasons, as was the service by Air Andalus.
There is no lack of airline tickets
to the Gibraltar International Airport which currently sees over a million visitors annually,
and will see further expansion when the new £100m terminal comes on line in 2011.
Currently there are daily scheduled services to and from the
United Kingdom airports of Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow, Liverpool and Manchester operated by British Airways,
Monarch Airlines, and Easyjet.
Pictured here is the first passenger to pick up his case from the inaugral flight
which landed in December 2011.
The old terminal building is no longer in use.