Monday’s flight to London was cancelled due to bad weather, and rearranged for today, but the flight has been diverted, and a coach arranged for Malaga Airport.
GBC was told by passengers that they were asked by Spanish Police at the frontier for a boarding card for MalagaAirport, but refused to let them through because the boarding cards showed a departure from Gibraltar Airport.
Witnesses have told GBC one of the passengers was a 4 month old baby due to fly to London for heart treatment.
Another traveller said she has successfully changed her flight in order to fly from Malaga tomorrow – three days after her original flight was set to depart.
The Gibraltar Government says the affected passengers were issued with replacement boarding cards, which served as confirmation that they were booked to board their diverted flight at Malaga airport.
This was accepted by the Spanish authorities as sufficient evidence and all were permitted entry to Spain for this purpose.
Number Six says it has raised the matter with the relevant authorities.
Tuesday evening saw developments in a separate incident – GBC understands passengers aboard a BA flight from Heathrow to Gibraltar – diverted to Malaga – were told they would not be allowed off the plane unless they had a valid Visa for Spain.
This included Gibraltar passport holders.
Shortly after, however, Passengers were allowed to disembark and proceed to passport control. The Gibraltar Government, Convent and British Embassy in Madrid were involved in making representations at all levels. Number Six said the matter had been resolved, with the Chief Minister asserting that there was no requirement for a Visa to enter the Schengen territory for less than 90 days.