Gibraltar airport (IATA: GIB, ICAO: LXGB) is located about 2km from the town centre, adjacent to the frontier with Spain. The new 84m pound terminal, which opened in 2012, is spacious and pleasant to use. It has a design capacity of one million passengers a year. There were 445.000 passenger movements in 2015. In the summer there are 37 departures a week to seven destinations. 23% of passenger are on business, 35% for leisure, and 42% visiting friends and relatives. 60% of passengers are in transit to Spain.
There are no telescopic air-bridge walkways, so passengers arriving and departed are treated to an iconic view of the Rock from the top of the airplane steps. Visitors can watch as planes land and passengers disembark, and wave to arriving family and friends, from the outdoor public terrace.
The airport is famous for the main access road to Gibraltar from Spain called Winston Churchill Avenue, which crosses the runway and closes for each arrival and departure. It is often ranked as one of the most dangerous airports in the world, but actually has an excellent safety record.
The road is projected to remain in place for pedestrians, whilst vehicles will enter Gibraltar town via a new tunnel at the Eastern Beach end of the runway. Work has presently stopped on this project, due to both contaminated ground and financing issues.
The planned Spanish terminal, which will include a dedicated Spanish passports and customs section, has yet to be constructed. Passengers travelling to Campo de Gibraltar and Costa del Sol must exit the airport in Gibraltar and walk or drive across the land border crossing.
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There are hire car companies with facilities on both sides of the border. For those returning a hire car from Spain, a petrol station is marked on the map and is located about 1km from the airport in La Linea. There are also two petrol stations in Gibraltar, located the other side of the runway from the airport. More>