The Gibraltar Airport is owned by the British Ministry of Defense, and is used by the Royal Air Force as RAF Gibraltar. Although civilian operators do use the airport, currently the only scheduled are limited to the United Kingdom and Spain. However, if you can find a convenient connecting flight, Gibraltar Airport has the benefit of being the closest airport to the city, and is only 500 meters from Gibraltar's city centre. You can take a car hire from Gibraltar Airport for convenient transport around the city.
The largest scheduled international carrier servicing Gibraltar Airport is Easy Jet with between 14 and 18 weekly scheduled flights to London Gatwick. Although it is located in Gibraltar, visitors to Costa del Sol or the Campo de Gibraltar are increasingly coming through Gibraltar Airport.
There has been much controversy over the years over the airport, and Spain has continually pursued a sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom over the territory where the airport stands. It has seriously affected the airport's operations, ultimately excluding Gibraltar from European wide d-regulation initiatives, preventing direct links from Gibraltar to the rest of the European Union (except of course for the United Kingdom).
Today Gibraltar is focused on addressing its issues with its road and terminal. The existing terminal is too small, and with the main road to the land border with Spain actually intersecting the airport runway it is even more constraining to operations at the airport. Construction of the new road and terminal will allow a large increase of capacity, though it is still ongoing in 2010.
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