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I said in previous posts that both Lisbon's Portela Airport (LIS) and San Diego Airport (SAN) are practically located in the respective downtowns. The Airport of Gibraltar (GIB) leaps forward: it is literally on a downtown street, more precisely Winston Churchill Avenue, as you see in this picture.
Gibraltar is a city in the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, at the western entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, in front of Ceuta in Africa, separated from it by the Strait of Gibraltar. It was regarded as one of the ancient Pillars of Hercules; its Latin name was Mons Calpe. The present name is derived from the Arabic Djabal Tariq (جبل طارق, Mountain of Tariq, after the Berber general Tariq ibn-Ziyad, who led the invasion of Iberia in 711).
The Rock, or el Peñón in Spanish, is under British control since 1704. It was a British Crown Colony until 2002. Its status now is a British Overseas Territory, enjoying a high degree of self-government.
Spain claims sovereignty over Gibraltar, but the overwhelming majority of Gibraltarians have voted repeatedly against Spanish rule. Spain's dictator Franco closed the border and communication links with Gibraltar; it was fully reopened only in 1985.
Gibraltar is connected to Spanish territory by a small isthmus. Across it, and on reclaimed land, the British have constructed the airport. To add to the sovereignty dispute, the Spaniards claim separately the area of the isthmus.
The land available is so small that the airport runway intersects the only street that links Gibraltar with La Línea de la Concepción, the Spanish city on the other side of the border (top of the picture, before the skyscrapers; click Map [view] at left, or workshop of location). Of course this street is closed by traffic lights during landings and takeoffs of aircrafts.
At center-left you see Victoria Stadium. [Scanned from a 1992 paper print.]

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