British Airways Boeing 737 G-LGTE stops traffic at Gibraltar Airport.

British Airways Boeing 737 G-LGTE stops traffic at Gibraltar Airport.

Gibraltar is a British territory located just south of Spain and is less than three square miles. The Gibraltar Airport is the closest airport to a city center (only about 1/3 of a mile) in the world and only five airlines currently serve the airport.

What probably makes it most unique is having the main road connecting Gibraltar to Spain, Winston Churchill Avenue, go right over the runways. Every time a plane takes off or lands, traffic must be stopped.

The airport is in the middle of being renovated. Not only will they be increasing the terminal three fold, they are also constructing a tunnel for vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Although this will make the city and airport run more efficiently, it the airport will lost a little of its unique character.

More Pictures:
* British Airways taking off
* Ariel showing the road, Giraltar Rock, and town
* Iberia Airbus A320 landing (they have stopped flying to Gibraltar as of September 2008)
* Google map satellite view

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4 Comments

Nicely made point about the road David. Of course the other end of the runway isn’t that appealing either as it goes straight into the sea!

I’m not sure if you’ve seen it / commented on it already but the airport at Funchal (Madeira) is also Unique!

Yes, Madeira Airport is indeed something you should see for yourself. It’s a marvelous masterpiece of engineering. But i’ve never seen a airport runway crossing any road, it’s unusual.

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