Gibraltar, a small but famous part of the UK, strategically located on the southern tip of Spain. For many years the territory had an airbase that was also used for occasional civil aviation traffic. Under the Cordoba Agreement signed between Spain and the UK, a new terminal was planned capable of serving the increasing number of visitors to Gibraltar as well as the neighboring Spanish areas.
The terminal is well prepared for the future with 20.000 square meter area, handling a 2 million annual passenger flow.
In 2006 the Government of Gibraltar started a Design and Build project to replace the existing passenger and cargo terminals at Gibraltar International Airport in compliance with the Cordoba agreement. The new glass and steel structured two storey Terminal, which reflects the surrounding mountains is designed by Reid Architects while the Civil Engineering and terminal functionality is covered by NACO. The special systems design is implemented and integrated by Deerns. The new 20.000 square meter terminal is capable of handling 2 million passengers per year and includes 5 aircraft stands. Adjacent to the terminal a cargo terminal is located.
Deerns was responsible for the design of all terminal telecommunications infrastructure and systems, baggage handling systems and airside systems. Furthermore Deerns was responsible for integration of these systems to ensure a smooth control and management of the terminal. Deerns also supervised the commissioning of all its designed systems.
Cordoba Agreement Logistic Solution
In 2006 Governments of Spain, the United Kingdom and Gibraltar signed the Cordoba agreement. This agreement makes it possible for travellers from Spain to travel via Gibraltar Airport using the Schengen customs treatment, since Gibraltar is British thus non-Schengen this was an significant improved for passenger experience. In order to meet the Cordoba agreement a complex logistic design was made to give direct admittance to passengers from Spain to Schengen areas and Gibraltar to the U.K. This logistic difficulty includes separate passenger flows where passengers can enter and exit the Terminal, either through Spanish territory (Schengen) or via the Gibraltar entrance(non-Schengen). The separated entrance flows were also worked out and implemented in the baggage handling systems and security systems.