Caution: Live Runway


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Entering Gibraltar on foot saved us some time at the border crossing, but we still had to pause and look both ways. The main road into the British Colony (Winston Churchill Avenue) crosses the Gibraltar Airport runway. This unusual situation makes for an interesting traffic flow, unique signage and some  mental adjustments to the conventional notions regarding airport safety.

 

We heard the revving of a jet engine during our hike down from The Rock and spotted the paused parade of traffic from atop a Moorish tower. Moments later an EasyJet rumbled its way down the runway and across WC Avenue before lifting off over the Strait of Gibraltar and Mediterranean Sea. Once it was airborne, motor and pedestrian traffic resumed.

Just another day on Gibraltar.

That evening when we walked back toward the border crossing into Spain, I stopped. I looked. I listened. Even with a green light to indicate safe passage, my instinct for self preservation demanded that I do a double check.

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6 Comments to Caution: Live Runway

  1. i wanted to visit here bu had difficulties as you cant take a cruise from morocco to spain if you enter via flight. apparently you are ONLY allowed to use the same mode of transport out as what you arrive in.

  2. You are getting nearer Scotland.

  3. Lily: I wasn’t aware that visitors are restricted on transportation in that manner. I can only assume that it is due to the frictional international relations. Does anyone know of any other possible reason for this limitation?

    I am, Donald! And Paris is coming up next month. If you start seeing posts from Belgium, start boiling water for tea
    ; )

  4. That would be nice.

  5. I used to live in Spain and work in Gibraltar so had to walk across the runway twice a day. It was an experience to say the least, and landing in Gibraltar is like dropping a plane on a postages stamp apparently. Amazing to watch the planes come in to land so close up though. As you said it does kind of throw out all the airport safety ideals.

    Great post.

  6. What a commute that must have been! Crossing the runway in Gibraltar was such an unusual experience. I doubt those sorts of warning signs show up in many other places! Do you still live in Europe, Sophie?

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