Gibraltar Airport is in a spectacular setting. Set between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic with views across the Straits to Africa, the airport runs parallel with the Spanish border. 

Gibraltar International Airport Terminal is symbolically and physically a new gateway to Gibraltar. It is the first building visitors see on entering Gibraltar when arriving by road or air.

It replaced a dilapidated existing terminal which could no longer manage the number of passengers flying into Gibraltar or provide the modern, dynamic facilities which the buoyant economy of Gibraltar deserves.

Our concept for the new terminal building reflects its aviation function and maritime location within a landscape dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar. 


The building has a transparent glazed envelope with a passenger circulation route that simplifies a complex Shengen / non-Shengen arrangement. 


Large over-sailing roofs provide shade and shelter to the glazed external walls. 

The internal planning ensures that as people pass through the airport they walk through a sequence of high ceilinged, naturally lit spaces and always have views to the outside, helping orientation.

The terminal forecourt is a landscaped park providing a generous welcome to Gibraltar and the airport terminal, and an identifiable ‘place’ at the frontier to meet and greet, whether on a local or international journey. 

We designed: the master plan, terminal, forecourt, short stay car park, cargo building and an associated 1000 space park and ride facility. We also developed the interior design, wayfinding and branding for the airport, in close consultation with the client.
An airside terrace at first floor provides departing passengers a wonderful panoramic view in all directions.



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Government of Gibraltar

bblur architecture

Buro Happold




Daniel Barton


Hufton & Crow

Javier Orive