Spanish military aircraft intrudes in Gibraltars air space

first_imgThe incident delayed a British Airways flight bound for Heathrow as air traffic controllers tracked the aircraft.He said: “It is no secret that Spain has been deliberately causing problems for Gibraltar at our border and through its incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.“Today’s incursion into Gibraltar’s airspace, in the middle of a busy day when several civilian flights were scheduled to arrive and depart from the Gibraltar International Airport, takes the Spanish harassment of Gibraltar to new heights.” Spanish fishermen wave Spanish flags dur...Spanish fishermen wave Spanish flags during a protest in the bay of Algeciras on August 18, 2013. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gibraltar says it has been the victim of a campaign of Spanish harrasmentCredit: MARCOS MORENO/AFPcenter_img Gibraltar’s government has accused Spain of “completely unacceptable” interference after a Spanish military aircraft strayed inside its air space.A passenger jet using the territory’s airport was delayed after the Spanish military P3 Orion flew to within two miles of Gibraltar’s coastline, a statement said.Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister, said the incursion on Friday was the latest in a deliberate campaign of harassment. Gibraltar’s government said the Spanish maritime patrol plane was being directed by air traffic controllers in in Seville.He went on: “It is completely unacceptable that the Spanish military have interfered with the movement of civilian aircraft in this dangerous manner. Gibraltar International Airport is an extremely busy base for civilian passengers who are significant contributors to the tourism economy of the campo area.“Delays caused by the politically-motivated manoeuvres of the Spanish military are intolerable but thanks to the swift action of Gibraltar’s Air Traffic Control, delays were the only consequence. Today’s incident could have ended much worse.’last_img read more