Airplane crossing at Gibraltar International Airport (Wikimedia Commons)

GIBRALTAR – Gibraltar is a tiny British territory on the southern coast of Spain, it has an area of just 2.6 square miles.

While walking across the runway at most international airports would get you arrested, it is actually encouraged at Gibraltar Airport.

Here, the main road in and out of the British Overseas Territory crosses right over the runway.

While offering services for commercial flights, the airport at Gibraltar is owned by the Ministry of Defence.

Since the airport sits just to the south of the Spanish border, mostly hosting flights from British Airways and easyJet to and from the United Kingdom, with a handful of services also operated by Royal Air Maroc.

Simpleflying said that Gibraltar Airport was built in 1939 during the second world war. Before being used for the airport, the property was home to a horse racing circuit. The runway used to be shorter than it is now. However, rock removed from the Rock of Gibraltar was used to reclaim land for an extensio.

In the past, the runway crossed over the road from the border to the center of Gibraltar. In times gone past, this proved to be no real obstacle to traffic. However, while both land and air traffic has continued to climb, no alternative has been completed.

Watch passenger planes roll across the highway like it’s nothing. Tourism in the territory is growing, and more and more airlines are operating flights into and out of the airport.

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