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A Stone in Spain's ShoeThe Search for a Solution to the Problem of Gibraltar$
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Peter Gold

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317262

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The Battle over the Airport

The Battle over the Airport

January-December 1987

(p.114) Fourteen The Battle over the Airport
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
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This chapter discusses the impact of the Gibraltar airport issue on Spain's relations with its EC partners. On 24 June 1987, during a meeting of EC Ministers of Transport in Luxembourg, Spain threatened to refuse to agree to the deregulation of commercial air traffic. Agreement had been reached on the reduction of fare schedules and the removal of the 50–50 agreement on the distribution of seat capacity between airlines. But there was also a ‘market access’ proposal to allow regular flights to major regional airports from any member country using planes with a maximum seating capacity of seventy passengers. Spain argued that if Gibraltar were included in the agreement it would constitute implicit recognition of the airport as British and therefore recognition of British sovereignty over the isthmus. The issue was to dominate the rest of the year in Anglo–Spanish relations.

Keywords:   Gibraltar airport, European Community, sovereignty, market access, commercial air traffic

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