Gibraltar International Airport, or North Front Airport (IATA: GIB, ICAO: LXGB); is the civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.
The runway is owned by the Ministry of Defence for use by the Royal Air Force as RAF Gibraltar. Civilian operators use the airport; the only scheduled flights operate to the United Kingdom. Passengers depart and arrive through the civilian-operated terminal.
National Air Traffic Services hold the contract for provision of air navigation services at the airport. In 2004 the airport handled 314,375 passengers and 380 tonnes of cargo.
Winston Churchill Avenue (the main road heading towards the land border with Spain); intersects the airport runway, and consequently has to be closed every time a plane lands or departs.
The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports ranks it as the fifth most dangerous airport in the world and the most dangerous in Europe.
By Klaus-Peter Kniffka.