GB Airways”as a British Airways franchise partner”is likely to introduce services between its original Gibraltar home and Madrid before the end of the year. It follows a historical agreement between representatives of the United Kingdom, Spain, and the British colony in Cordoba. Iberia is also planning flights. The agreement allows for Gibraltar Airport to expand its role as a fully entitled EU operation and calls for the introduction of a two-lane interface on the border including red and green channels.
Over the next two years Gibraltar Airport”s passenger terminal will be expanded and a tunnel built under the runway. At the present time the road to Spain has to be closed every time an aircraft lands.
Also benefiting from the new understanding is Fly Gibraltar, an embryo budget airline planning to make its first flight in April with former Airtours/MyTravel chairman Mike Lee as CEO.
Fly Gibraltar, funded by The Rock, will initially lease two Boeing 737-300s and offer 11 weekly flights to Stansted, five to Manchester, five to Birmingham, four to Bristol and three to Dublin. The airline plans a pre-flight concierge service allowing passengers to pre-order hot meals, snacks, duty free goods, car hire and travel insurance, at the time of booking. Bookings are expected to open in December.