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Gibraltar Airport

Gibraltar Airport
View of Gibraltar Airport as seen from the Rock of Gibraltar
Airport information
 Location of airport in Gibraltar
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorGovernment of Gibraltar
Elevation5 m (15 ft)

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Gibraltar Airport or North Front Airport 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. NATS hold the contract for provision of air navigation services at LXGB.

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.

Monarch is the largest operator at Gibraltar Airport. It currently operates eight flights weekly to London Luton and five flights weekly to Manchester Airport. Both routes are operated by an Airbus A320-200. EasyJet currently flies to London Gatwick with seven weekly flights and Liverpool three times a week. Both routes are operated by an Airbus A319-200. British Airways also flies seven times weekly into Gibraltar from London Heathrow being operated by an Airbus A320-200. Bmibaby will also launch flights to East Midlands from March 2012 and it will be operated by a Boeing 737-300.

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.

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