Thursday, November 3, 2011

Strange Airport: Gibraltar, World’s Only Airport Runway Intersecting a Road

Gibraltar Airport or North Front Airport is a civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a tiny peninsula with an area of only 6.8 square kilometres. The lack of flat space on Gibraltar means the peninsula's only runway is bisected by its busiest road, the Winston Churchill Avenue that heads towards the land border with Spain. A pair of flimsy-looking barriers closes vehicular traffic every time a plane lands or departs. Fortunately, it’s not a busy airport. It handles only about 30 flights a week, all flying to and from the United Kingdom.

Also see Barra Airport–World’s Only Beach Airport

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Cars wait patiently as a Jumbo taxies on the runway at the Gibraltar Airport. Photo credit

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View of Gibraltar Airport as seen from the Rock of Gibraltar. Photo credit

Vehicles use the road through the runway when no flight is operating Photo credit

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Road closed to allow a small aircraft to land. Photo credit

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Traffic stalled again as a small jet takes off. Photo credit

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15 comments:

  1. Its not the only airport, sumburgh airport runway in shetland also crosses a road

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    1. Shetland... Sounds like shitland

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    2. Keep your bad opinions to yourself hun

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    3. So that you can put up your opinion?

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    4. Technically, it doesn't cross the runway as it's beyond the runway threshold, so it crosses the displacement threshold.

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  2. SO FAR THEY HAVE ONLY MENTIONED ROCK OF GIBRALTAR WITH ROAD INTERSECTION. I NEED TO RECHEARCH sHETLAND AIRPORT

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  3. ive had many hols o n the rock of gibraltar its one special place you have to visit it to see for your self . The people there are some of the nicest in the world.

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  4. 1st Pic ... Not a Jumbo that's an Airbus A-321.

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    1. Sorry A-320

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    2. Nobody cares that you think you sound smart

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  5. we must appreciated the people living in this area who has respected the laws, ethically managed the road from any dirt or any other misuse that bring not to have a single accident occurred in all this time
    Hats Off to this people and god bless them all to keep every one safe in that area always

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  6. Only airport, no way. Ha'apai Airport also crosses the main road of the island.

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    1. I don't actually see anywhere in the article that says this is the only airport where a runway intersects a road, but thanks for the info on Ha'apai. That's pretty cool, too.

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  7. Really amazing! While I wouldn't like to be caught in traffic every time a plane takes off, this runway is certainly something I would like to see while it's still functional and they don't build a different airport (I've read they are planning to bulid a new airport on an artificial extent of the island, off at sea). A planespotter's dream come true :)

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