Gibraltar Airport

Orientation & Geography

Europe, Spain, Province of Cádiz

Gibraltar Airport or North Front Airport (IATA: GIB, ICAO: LXGB) is the civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. It is owned by the Ministry of Defence for use by the Royal Air Force as RAF Gibraltar. Civilian operators use the airport; currently the only scheduled flights operate to the United Kingdom. Passengers depart and arrive through the civilian operated terminal. Gibraltar Airport has the distinction of being the airport closest to the city that it serves, being only 500 metres from Gibraltar's city centre. In 2004 the airport handled 314,375 passengers and 380 tonnes of cargo. Gibraltar Airport is one of the few Class A airports in the world. Winston Churchill Avenue (the main road heading towards the land border with Spain) intersects the airport runway, so consequently has to be closed every time a plane lands or departs. The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranks it as the fifth most dangerous airport in the world and the most dangerous in Europe. EasyJet currently flies to London Gatwick with seven weekly flights and Liverpool three times a week from March 2011. Monarch currently operates seven flights weekly to London Luton and three flights weekly to Manchester Airport but operates five in the summer season. British Airways also flies seven times weekly into Gibraltar from London Heathrow. Although located in Gibraltar, the airport is increasingly being used by people from or visiting neighbouring Spanish areas such as the Costa del Sol or the Campo de Gibraltar.