The days on which the RAF Tri-Star aircraft flies to and from the Falklands and the United Kingdom is due to change from April next year. The revised schedule shows that the aircraft will leave Brize Norton on certain Tuesday's, Thursdays and Sundays. For example on Tuesday 3 April the aircraft will depart the UK to arrive in the Islands on Wednesday. A craft will then depart the Falklands on Thursday 5 to arrive in the UK on Friday 6. The next craft will leave Brize Norton on Sunday 8. Currently the Tri-Star leaves the UK each Monday and Thursday with the exception of the once monthly flight, which carries no passengers. A spokeswoman for the military has said that the new schedule should be for the benefit of all and will hopefully get rid of the problems currently experienced.
Question for Written AnswerMr Ian Bruce submitted a question in the House of Commons regarding the Falkland Islands and received a reply earlier this week. He had requested the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to inform him what action that department has taken to improve air links between the Falkland Islands and South America. The answer was given that a principal element of the British Argentine Joint Statement of 14 July 1999 was the restoration of air links between the Falkland Islands and South America. He continued "The weekly link with Chile has been of important benefit to trade, tourism and fisheries. The introduction of a monthly link with Argentina has facilitated visits by Argentine next-of-kin to the graves of their deceased on the Islands and these arrangements have been working well."
Peter King GreetingPeter King, former presenter of Calling the Falklands has sent a greeting to the people of the Falklands and has asked to be remembered to all who know him. Peter presented the programme prior to and during the Falklands war of 1982.
Jiggers continue to visit StanleyWith the approach of the first seasons fishing early next year the fisheries department report that there is now a steady stream of vessels arriving in Stanley to collect licences. This morning alone there were three jiggers in the harbour following their license collection.