Other major reasons to serve this airport
Gibraltar is an ideal short city break destination filled with natural historic, cultural and military history, marinas and leisure activities. It is also an important and popular stop for the cruise liner market with over 185 visits planned for 2013. ‘The Rock’ is also an International Finance Centre fully regulated to UK and EU standards, creating business traffic potential.
Gibraltar’s main economic sectors (% contribution to the economy):
- Financial Services: 30%
- Tourism: 30%
- Shipping: 25%
- Telecoms/E-Commerce/E-Gaming: 15%
- Gibraltar’s GDP also ranks high, with GBP35,589 per person in 2011.
Port Activities: The port of Gibraltar is an important ship bunkering and crew change centre, given the natural location at the entrance to the Mediterranean.
- A system wide load factor for 2012 of 87.2% – all destinations are currently served year round. GIB also has a less pronounced seasonality than the regions’ other airports, highlighting its difference to the traditional ‘holiday’ airports in the Iberian peninsula.
- MICE – A growing sector thanks to Gibraltar’s compact size. Meeting points and attractions are all easily accessible in a safe and contained environment. There is also an abundance of unusual settings for product launches or meetings with a difference.
- Gibraltar Airport is the natural access point for Gibraltar, the Western end of the Costa del Sol and the eastern end of the Costa de la Luz. In 2011 61% of air arrivals continued their journey into the region, a complimentary alternative to the region with its own unique market opportunities.
- The Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz are major international leisure markets. The Costas’ boast of more than 120 miles of Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. The Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf. Marinas, Hotels and the second homes market compliment. Potential for year round service.
- There is also a large diaspora of European nationalities resident in the region and within a 60 minute drivetime from GIB. In addition, the area has a large second homes market, attracting repeat travel in addition to VFR traffic year round.
- The immediate catchment area remains unserved from Europe with all traffic destined for Gibraltar and the nearby towns and resorts having to endure a 90 minute drive from the regions’ other airports.
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- Gibraltar International Airport works in close cooperation with the Gibraltar Tourist Board in the promotion of new services.
- In addition, in conjunction with the Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB), on-going marketing support is also available for new and existing services
- Other Marketing activities include:
- Route Promotion Roadshows
- Travel Agent and Tour Operator Events
- Airport Advertising
- Inaugural Flight Events
- Gibraltar International Airport has a very competitive pricing structure and in line with our expansion plans we have Route Incentive Schemes to help new airlines at the initial start-up phase of new routes. These are:
- New Routes UK & Increased Frequency On Existing Routes Incentive Scheme
- New Markets Incentive Scheme
- Please contact us for further details of our schemes.
- Gibraltar, Costa del Sol (Malaga Province) and Costa de la Luz (Cadiz Province), 587,000 inhabitants within a 60 minute drive.
- Naturally, inbound traffic flows dominate and these create the significant opportunities. Major markets into the region include the UK, Spain, Germany, France, The Netherlands and Ireland.
- Large overseas expatriate communities in the area increasing the outbound traffic potential.
- Excellent motorway links to the Autopista de la Costa del Sol. The railway stations of Los Barrios and Algeciras are only a short distance away.
- Opportunities now also exist in marketing Gibraltar as a short break European destination, or as a two or even three centre holiday with the Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz or Morocco.
- Year round city break destination, unique in its offering.
- 300 days of sunshine a year, mild winters.
- Rich in history, natural history, entertainment, water based activities, tax free shopping.
- The Port of Gibraltar
- Only 6 minutes away from the airport, the port’s proximity make it ideal for crew changes and spare parts supply.
- Major bunkering port – The Port of Gibraltar is the largest bunkering station in the Mediterranean, which sees over 100,000 ships transit annually through the Straits of Gibraltar.
- Cruise Liner port – Gibraltar is in the itinerary of major cruise companies and is one of the busiest cruise liner ports in the Mediterranean. Planned calls for 2013 are 185 ships and 303,026 passengers (on full occupancy).
- Ship and Yacht Registry – This registry, growing year on year, is internationally recognised and considered high quality as registered ships would belong to a British flagged register.
- A growing sector in Gibraltar thanks to its compact size, meeting points and attractions are all easily accessible, making it an ideal location in a safe and contained environment. There is also an abundance of unusual settings ideal for product launches or meetings with a difference.
- 3 Countries, 2 Continents
- Morocco is also easily accessible with regular ferry services from the region, allowing for multi centre holidays.
- There is a varied diaspora of European nationalities resident within a 60 minute drive, enjoying what the region has to offer but still requiring direct links to their countries of origin.
- Within 60 minutes (2012 I.N.E Stats):
- 1,438 Belgians
- 3,072 French
- 5,490 Germans
- 1,229 Irish
- 2,450 Dutch
- 23,261 British (excluding 29,441 ‘British’ Gibraltarians with close links to the UK)
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
- The main items shipped as air freight to/from Gibraltar International Airport include:
- Small packages
- Ships Spares
- Situated at the southern end of the Iberian peninsula and traditionally recognised as the southernmost point in Europe. Spain to the North and Morocco to the South.
- Natural access for Gibraltar, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz regions of Spain. The new airport terminal is only a 2 minute walk from the land border with Spain. In 2012, 61% of air arrivals continued their journey into the catchment area, highlighting the strength of the catchment area on existing services.
Infrastructure & Operations:
- Operating Hours : Winter: 0700-2200 UTC | Summer 0600-2100 UTC
- 1 Runway 09/27 : 1829m | 6000ft
- 1 Passenger Terminal, 5 aircraft stands (4 x Code C, 1 x Code D)
- Quick taxi and turnaround times, ideal for low cost operations.
- RFFS Category 7 : Max Size B752
Completed at the end of Summer 2012, Gibraltar International Airports’ new terminal building showcases the airport as an entry point to the region. Spacious, light and friendly to navigate, it has all the facilities demanded by todays modern travellers.
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- The Government of Gibraltar has invested heavily on improving the infrastructure to showcase Gibraltar International Airport as the entry point to a prosperous and growing economy, as well as welcoming air arrivals to this location full of history.
- New Terminal:
- 16 Check-In Desks
- 3 Departure Gates
- 2 Baggage Claim belts
- 2012 passengers: 387,219 +1.1% on previous year.
- Load factor: 87.2%
- Operators: British Airways | Easyjet | Monarch Airlines
- Destinations: 5 London (Gatwick/Heathrow/Luton), Manchester, Birmigham