Wizz Air UK has now launched its new service between London Luton and Gibraltar, and will be operating twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, all year round.
The first Wizz Air flight, which arrived on Friday 11 December, was given the traditional 'newcomers' welcome with a water cannon salute from Gibraltar Airport Fire and Rescue Service, and members of the Gibraltar Re-enactment Society and the Sea Scouts were there to greet passengers as they disembarked from the plane.
Passengers who had just arrived and those who were waiting to depart on the return flight were also presented with gifts by a team from the Gibraltar Tourist Board.
Also there to welcome the first passengers was the Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port, Vijay Daryanani, for whom this was an important occasion, and he was accompanied by airport representatives.
Mr Daryanani said he was delighted to welcome a new airline to Gibraltar, and the extra capacity it provides for the North London market. "Wizz Air UK is expanding quickly and I have no doubt that they will become long term partners for Gibraltar. I negotiated personally with the airline to attract them to the Rock. Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar is committed to attracting an expansion of air services. I will continue to work hard at this and make sure that we have more airlines operating out of the airport than ever before," he said.
Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: "With the launch of our affordable flights to Gibraltar, we are offering passengers yet another exciting travel opportunity, this time to the Mediterranean peninsula of Gibraltar. A truly unique destination, it offers travellers a fascinating blend of history and culture, spectacular views from the top of The Rock and, of course, a chance to see its famous Barbary macaques. As Gibraltar remains on the travel corridor list, meaning passengers arriving into England from Gibraltar don't have to self-isolate on return, now is the perfect time to book a trip onboard our young, green and ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft fleet."