Malaga Airport v Gibraltar Airport

Representatives of the Gibraltar Government unveiled the Aviramp Credit: Gibraltar Government

There are effectively two airports on the Costa del Sol which serve the UK, Malaga and Gibraltar and there are pros and cons to both.

The distance from Estepona to Malaga Airport by car is 84km whilst to Gibraltar is 49km so from a point of view of distance and time taken for the journey, Gibraltar wins out for those in the west of the area.

Border between Spain and Gibraltar can cause problems

The negative side to Gibraltar is it can take a long time to cross the border, Spanish taxis and other commercial vehicles are not allowed to enter with their passengers and if you drive your own car, there is no easy parking at the airport although there is a large car park on the Spanish side.

In addition, flights can be delayed due to Air Traffic Controller shortages and if the winds are too strong to allow take-off or landing, so passengers can be bussed to or from Malaga Airport due to diversions.

Malaga offers more flights to the rest of the world, has almost no problems with weather cancellations but for the elderly or disabled in particular, it is such a busy airport that the experience can be less than comfortable.

Gibraltar has so few flights and a small terminal which means it is far less hectic and has now invested in the procurement of new airside equipment.

You will still have to walk our of the terminal and across the tarmac but the new Aviramps consist of a series of ramps with low gradients that can be adjusted to any aircraft height, and provide obstacle-free access.

Advantage for those with reduced mobility

They have no steps and are designed to provide a very simple but efficient method of boarding passengers, which will greatly assist those with reduced mobility and families with young children.

All Gibair Ground Handling personnel have now completed an initial training and familiarisation course and the Aviramps are already in operation, so the choice is yours and it may become greater if and when the new border agreement is signed.

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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


    • Alan Bowman

      06 May 2024 • 11:51

      Granada is still far better than either Málaga or Gibraltar

      • Fabian

        06 May 2024 • 22:46

        Why? It’s farther away

      • David

        07 May 2024 • 19:21

        How so?

    • Barry Lawrence

      07 May 2024 • 12:18

      Duty free is so cheap in Gibraltar Airport so Gibraltar wind hands down

    • john

      11 May 2024 • 18:55

      Can’t agree with the point about parking at Gibraltar airport. Picked up passengers from there and used the parking outside the terminal with no issues whatsoever.

      • John Smith

        12 May 2024 • 11:00

        Thanks for your comment – I was talking about long term parking which is the other side of the runway but to get to it you have to go through the tunnel, then all the way back to Winston Churchill Avenue and then walk across the runway which is a fair old distance with cases.

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