Spain reopens air link with Gibraltar

18th Dec 2006

The first commercial flight from Spain in more than 50 years landed in Gibraltar, opening a new era for the tiny disputed territory in southern Spain, which was long occupied by Britain. An Iberia Airlines Airbus A319 packed with Spanish government officials, municipal authorities, journalists and around 50 regular passengers, landed shortly before 1 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) in Gibraltar.

A GB Airways plane, taking off at about the same time in the other direction, landed in Madrid at 1:30 p.m. local time.



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