17 Nov, 2010 @ 12:11
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Gibraltar airport in limbo

PLANS for Gibraltar’s new airport are under threat after the mayor of La Linea refused to sell the land for the Spanish side of the terminal.

The PP mayor Alejandro Sanchez has announced plans to sell the land to private investors rather than Aena, the Spanish national airport authority.

The new airport is designed to give passport-free access to both Spanish and British territory.

Spain’s federal government is now considering legal action against La Linea to honour the agreement it has reached with the UK government.

Sanchez claims Aena never asked him to buy the land.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. “Spain’s federal government is now considering legal action against La Linea to honour the agreement it has reached with the UK government.” LOL

    This is a perfect example of why Spain is so messed up. The Spanish Federal Government have to take a local Mayor to court to stop him doing something he shouldnt, wwhy arent this little Francos being controlled proberly. Its about time the Government took away a lot of power away from town halls as they just seem to do what the want and what appears to be very little risk.

  2. I don’t get this? How is the airport under threat? It’s practically finished.

    Until the Spanish get their act together and build their bit (how long is a piece of string?) people coming from Spain will just have to cross the frontier in the normal way and enter the terminal from Gibraltar.

  3. Passengers on flights from Spain – were there any – may get be allowed entry into spain without travel documents; but its quite wrong to suggest anyone will be allowed into Gibraltar without a passport or ID card !

    As for the Mayor, lets see who gets their way him or Madrid, and he faces re-election soon. His confrontational policies have done little for La Linea so far.

  4. This makes no difference whatsoever. The airport is right next to the border anyway. Land in Spain, cross border to Spain. What is the problem? I suspect most people will probably stop off in Gib to buy some cheap cigarettes before they enter Spain anyway.

  5. Guirizano, that is called a Freudian slip. Juan thinks Gibralter is Spain lol.

    If the Spanish side of the terminal can’t be completed, then no one can leave Gibralter to enter Spain, can they? That is the point the article is making. When is this fool of a mayor being thrown out?

  6. But Fred, what do you mean? Of course they will be able to leave GibraltAr to enter Spain. Exit terminal via main entrance, walk couple of hundred yards to frontier gate, enter Spain. Job done.

  7. Proof of the Mayor’s lack of vision, shooting himself in the foot again. Can he not see that a terminal on his side would create jobs for many people in La Linea? All the labour that would be required to build it, and then the maintenance of the terminal would create extra jobs? He’s just stuck another nail in his coffin

  8. Don’t worry Alan, self inflicted GSW’s are one of the main causes of damage to feet in Spain, it’s a national sport, particularly amongst the ruling classes.

  9. Gibraltar airport is not under threat it will open when the gibraltar side is ready with or without the spanish entrance to the gibraltar terminal. the entrance from spain to the gibraltar airport is under threat. whats all the fuss if there is no flight to spain from gib and that entrance is for flights from gib to spain where anybody flying in thoose flights from spain will not have to go through gibraltar passport control but any other destination you will have to go through gibraltar passport control and customs. if that entrance is never built you could still cross the frontier.

  10. could you get your facts right the entrance from spain to gibraltar airport are for passangers from spain wanting to fly from gib to spain thoose passangers will not have too go through passport checks but any other destination you have to go through gibraltar passport checks and that includes uk flights.

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