Iberia will make history on December 16 when it launches a daily service linking Spain with Gibraltar. In living memory political considerations have meant there has never been a direct service to the Rock of Gibraltar from Spain. Such considerations have also restricted the development of all air services into this British protectorate. According to the OAG (Official Airline Guide) Gibraltar currently only has air links with London.
Residents of the Rock needing to reach the outside world would either fly to London or cross the border and take the land route to Malaga in Spain and fly from there.
Iberia's new service will be operated by a 141-seater Airbus A319 which will feed into its Madrid hub with connections to the rest of Europe and beyond.
The single flight is timed to depart Madrid at 1150 arriving in Gibraltar at 1300. It returns at 1350 to reach Madrid at 1500. GB Airways (a franchise partner of BA) is also expected to announce a link to Spain in the near future.
For more information go to iberia.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter