26AVIATION provides creative solution to Gibraltar dilemma

Global air charter specialist, 26AVIATION recently arranged a private jet charter to transport a small, yet highly time-critical shipment of cargo that was stuck in Gibraltar and was desperately needed at an event in Malta.

After the shipment failed to make two scheduled flights as well as a cancelled on board courier booking due to COVID-19 related restrictions, 26AVIATION’s London office was tasked with sourcing an aircraft at the weekend that needed to fly on the same day.

Whilst many small cargo aircraft were available to operate the flight, 26AVIATION provided an Embraer Legacy VIP private jet that had a luggage hold large enough to load the cargo, as it offered the fastest solution and held the necessary approvals required to perform Gibraltar Airport’s notoriously challenging approach path.

26AVIATION’s Managing Director, Sam Heather explained the challenges that were faced when arranging the charter:

“Make no mistake, sourcing an aircraft to carry cargo out of Gibraltar at the weekend is no simple task. Gibraltar has a famously challenging approach path which requires special approvals for both the airline and the pilots flying, which very few cargo airlines hold given the limited amount of air freight that moves in and out of the small peninsula.”

“Likewise, there are also very few private jet airlines in Europe that hold the necessary licenses on their operating certificate to carry commercial cargo, so we had to dig deep to find an aircraft that had the right criteria to operate the flight, especially on the same day and within our customer’s  budget”.

“Luckily, we relish the opportunity to solve tricky logistical dilemmas, and we leveraged our experience as a time-critical cargo charter specialist to provide a competitive, qualified jet that was on the ground loading in Gibraltar just 2 hours after confirmation, delivering the cargo to Malta on time and on budget.”


Whether you require a cargo aircraft, private jet, commercial airliner or specialist AOG solutions, 26AVIATION is a leader in offering bespoke air charter solutions that exceed service expectations. Available 24/7/365, we are a global charter provider with a personal touch, primed to deliver cargo or passengers to any destination worldwide, on time and on budget.

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