Gibraltar Airport: Not for the faint-hearted
Gibraltar Airport is unusual not only due to its proximity to the city centre resulting in the airport terminal being within walking distance of much of Gibraltar but also because the runway intersects Winston Churchill Avenue, the main north-south street, requiring movable barricades to close when aircraft land or depart.
Of Gibraltar Airport a survey stated: “The runway is actually intersected by a main road which closes every time a plane lands or departs. The Rock of Gibraltar looms large on the stunning approach, causing unusual wind patterns and turbulence. One voter commented “Challenging winds and a great view – not to mention a slight feeling of superiority when you cross the closed road!”
—Gibraltar airport voted amongst top ten most spectacular landings
Pilots must slam on the brakes as soon as the wheels hit the tarmac in order to avoid a watery landing at the other end of this short runway.
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