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Aviation: Gibraltar Air Traffic

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to increase safety at Gibraltar airport, given the increased traffic being created by more airlines flying there. [HL595]

Aviation safety and security relating to civil operations at Gibraltar Airport are governed by the pertinent rules and regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The safeguarding of the aerodrome is regulated by the Government, with the assistance of Air Safety Support International, which makes regular visits to Gibraltar to ensure that the relevant standards are met. Gibraltar Airport has considerable capacity to expand and the increased traffic that is envisaged will not affect the capacity of the airfield to continue to meet its international obligations.

Additional safety measures are planned following the Cordoba ministerial statement on Gibraltar Airport, including the introduction of new final approach paths to the airport in order to enhance operational safety conditions.