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A proper Gibraltar welcome for Eastern Airways

Eastern Airways operated their first service from Birmingham, UK to Gibraltar  and received an appropriate welcome.

The new service is operating twice weekly, year round, on Mondays and Fridays and flown with Embraer E170 and E190 jets.

The Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port, the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP was at the airport to welcome the flight, along with teams from Gibraltar International Airport and the
Gibraltar Tourist Board. Arriving passengers were presented with Visit Gibraltar branded gifts.

Minister Daryanani said, “I’m delighted to see the return of a service from Birmingham. This destination has always been a popular one for Gibraltar, showing very strong demand when operated previously. This new service has been made possible through my untiring efforts to deliver new airlines and destinations for Gibraltar and shows the Government’s unprecedented commitment to this task. Our tourism and business communities will no doubt welcome the service and we look forward to welcoming many visitors from Birmingham and the airport’s catchment area.”

Ocean Village has kindly donated 200 boxes of hand sanitiser to Gibraltar’s Red Cross.

The Gibraltar Central Council Branch was established in 1948 and became an overseas branch of the British Red Cross in 1957. The Gibraltar Red Cross supports those in need in Gibraltar and those affected by disasters and crises around the world.

Lois Soiza, Welfare Officer at the Gibraltar Red Cross said, “Thanks so much to the Ocean Village team, we will be distributing the hand sanitisers they have so generously donated among those in our elderly care facilities and other local charities.”

Emilia Hazell-Smith, from Ocean Village added, “We are delighted to donate these hand sanitisers to such a worthy cause, and we know they will be distributed to the people who need them most!”

Freedom of Information legislation has come into effect in

Requests for information will be open to any Gibraltar resident who is aged 18 years or over. An initial charge of £10 will be levied per request. There will be no additional cost for tracing, compiling and supplying the information where this is calculated to be £100 or less.

A Freedom of Information portal has been added to the e-services section of

The portal contains a copy of the Act, application forms, and the relevant guidance notes for anyone who may be eligible to request information; and who wishes to exercise that right. This allows the system to operate digitally as information requests, replies and payments can all be submitted using the new gateway.

The dedicated email address has also been setup to deal with any queries.

In addition, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) is now the point of contact for anyone who requires assistance in person with the operation of the electronic portal.

The responsibility for the disclosure or not of the information requested will rest with individual Government departments, agencies and authorities. The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) becomes the Information Commissioner under the law, will be responsible for the oversight of the implementation of the legislation and serve as an appeal body from decisions taken by Government departments and other public authorities.

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