RAF Jets Denied Permission to Use Gibraltar Airspace

4 July 2010 (Last Updated July 4th, 2010 18:30)

Spain has rejected the UK Royal Air Force's (RAF) offer to use its airspace near Gibraltar for fighter jet training exercises. The move adds to tensions between Spanish and UK security over the disputed territory, according to AFP. Spain has barred the RAF from flying the jets

Spain has rejected the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) offer to use its airspace near Gibraltar for fighter jet training exercises.

The move adds to tensions between Spanish and UK security over the disputed territory, according to AFP.

Spain has barred the RAF from flying the jets on the northern half of the Alboran training zone in the western Mediterranean, while it has permission from Morocco to use the southern half.

The RAF deployed six Tornado F3 aircraft on 28 June 2010 in Gibraltar from 111 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in Scotland for the two-week exercise.

On 30 June 2010, the RAF began the second day of training for Exercise Southern Flame by flying the six Tornados out of Gibraltar.