Monday, April 2nd 2012 - 09:50 UTC

Green light for Uruguayan flight to Falklands; Argentine ambassador says it’s not commercially viable

The Uruguayan government through the Ministry of Defence gave the green light to a local air cargo company, Airclass which requested authorization to make a commercial flight to the Falkland Islands sometime this month.

Ambassador Dovena: 2.500 people is less than any neighbourhood in Montevideo

Air Class Cargo will operate with Boeing 727-200, call sign CX CAR

The airline made the normal procedure of requesting permission for such a flight from the Uruguayan Civil Aviation and Aeronautics infrastructure agency, but given the ‘sensitivity of the issue and its possible political consequences’ the Defence ministry was consulted on the matter.

The reply was that there is no problem as long as the company “complies with all the technical requisites”.

The Falklands are a British Overseas Territory but Argentina claims sovereignty and is involved in an aggressive campaign and diplomatic escalade with London demanding talks on the Islands sovereignty.

The campaign has turned so aggressive that Argentina’s pretension to limit air and sea access to the Falklands and threatening companies involved in the fishing and oil industries in the Islands has been described as a ‘blockade’.

The flight is an attempt to link commercially the Falklands with Uruguayan suppliers given the interest shown in the Islands when a Uruguayan delegation of business people and agriculture experts visited the Falklands last February.

Guillermo Wild, vice-president from the Uruguay-British chamber of commerce confirmed contacts between Falklands companies interested in goods and supplies from Uruguay, but did not have much information on the volume of freight, if any, had been confirmed.

Last week the Argentine ambassador in Montevideo Dante Dovena downplayed the real interest of Uruguayan companies of doing business with the Falklands.

“In reality it mustn’t be a great deal selling or shipping to the Malvinas because apparently so far not a single businessman has put his name in the aircraft that is going sometime this month. Just think there are only 2.500 inhabitants much less than any neighbourhood of Montevideo. The whole issue must be seen in its true dimension” said Ambassador Doverna.

Argentina officially informed Uruguay that it does not oppose a commercial flight as long as there is no government involvement in the operation.

From the Falklands, Member of the Legislative Assembly Sharon Halford quoted by the Uruguayan press said that the air flight announcement is ‘marvellous news’.

“It’s wonderful, Uruguay is simply complying with International law regarding free trade”, said MLA Halford.

Last week also the Uruguayan presidency clarified some statements from Foreign Minister Luis Almagro who established some sort of parallelism between the alleged Argentine blockade of the Falklands/Malvinas with that of Cuba, saying that Uruguay will not support or be part of any action that violates the human rights of the Falklands community.

The official five-point communiqué from the Uruguayan Executive says that “there is no blockade to the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands by any country of the continent”, adding that “in no case is it remotely acceptable the comparison ‘made by the media’, since as has been indicated afore, there is no blockade of the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands, as does effectively exist a blockade which violates international law regarding Cuba”.

 

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1 DJ56 (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 09:56 am Report abuse
Reading behind a number of recent news items coming out of uruguay, they must be seriosly p****d off with the Argentinian regime!
2 Skåre (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:11 am Report abuse
The comment by the Argentinian ambassador about financial viability just shows that the Argentinian request for flights isn't what it was portrayed as. In fact, it just proves to the whole world that far from friendship, Argentina was simply seeking something with which to blackmail the islanders.

Bravo to the Uruguayan for foiling the Argentinians yet again.
3 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:17 am Report abuse
@1 The benefit for Uruguay is that once they start building infrastructure in the Falklands, there will be an established trade route. That's better than flying stuff in from South Africa.
4 Chicureo (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:43 am Report abuse
This opening of the door needs to not be ignored. If the people of the Falklands are smart, they'll fully support this endeavor by purchasing as many Uruguayan goods as possible. Fresh produce would be welcomed by the soldiers and residents there. Uruguay produces excellent vegetables oranges, lemons, and grapefruit as well as Tannat wine. Three countries of origin should be supported: The UK, Chile and Uruguay.
(A reminder: They were just recently rationing breakfast at a hotel in Port Stanley to just 1 egg per person.)
5 toooldtodieyoung (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:43 am Report abuse
Go Uruguay!!!

Could it be that a new dawn is breaking in South America?

It would certainly seem that way
6 Skåre (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:44 am Report abuse
@3 GreekYoghurt

You never know, at this rate the islanders may self-determine their way to becoming Uruguayan ;)
7 Sheltie (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:47 am Report abuse
BP winning some Uruguayan exploration blocks will help, and where BP goes there's usually a fair amount of infrastructure development.

It may well be that they want to develop logistics and transportation links betweent the UK, Uruguay and the Falklands with a long term view on the development of fields in Uruguay and the Falklands.

As far as I'm aware BP isn't directly involved in the Falklands at present, but I suspect they will be because it's their technology that will be used for extraction.
8 Xect (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 11:41 am Report abuse
As ever Argentina can only kick sand in the faces of its friends for so long before they tire of the ridiculous antics.

Its the way of everyone who gets held down by an aggressor at some point there is always a response to the aggression and quite frankly Argentina is in no position to keep doing these things to other countries nor is it anywhere near strong enough.

The news for the last couples of months has been nothing short of disastrous for Argentina.

Time to reap what you sow.
9 ChrisR (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 11:41 am Report abuse
At last the Uruguayo government are sticking two fingers up to Argentina.

As for the despotic Argentine Ambassador to Uruguay, WGAF what that snake thinks?

This twat thinks he is the Governor General of Uruguay as it is.
10 Wireless (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:02 pm Report abuse
Well, as it happens, the last Spanish Governor of East Falkland was operating from Montevideo, Uruguay, between 25th May 1810, and November 1811, so Uruguay actually holds a stronger case for a Sovereignty claim over the Falkland Islands than Argentina.

Many a truth is said in jest.
11 Lord Ton (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:13 pm Report abuse
How many moves Think ??
12 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:13 pm Report abuse
@9 You're not wrong. It's clear when they say “Argentina officially informed Uruguay that it does not oppose a commercial flight as long as there is no government involvement in the operation.” As if there was anything they could do about it if they did oppose it.
13 yankeeboy (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:17 pm Report abuse
Does this mean Think it removing some of the nails from this coffin he keeps talking about? What a moron...
14 Conqueror (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:21 pm Report abuse
Is it possible? 2 hours and not a single argie troll. Can we assume, Uruguay, that you will be transporting goods FROM the Falkland Islands as well as FROM Uruguay? Wouldn't make much economic sense to fly the aircraft back to Uruguay empty, would it?

Trade between Uruguay and the Falkland Islands. Will wonders never cease? But argie ambassador Doverna must learn to get his figures right. The population is over 3,000, not 2,500. And why should argieland think it could object if there is Uruguayan government involvement? Unless argieland thinks it “owns” Uruguay! Wonder how the Uruguayan people would feel about that?
15 Alexei (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:26 pm Report abuse
“Commercially viable” or not it has f*** all to do with Argentina. Either way, this'll have old KFC screaming down the phone like a banshee. I hope the Uruguayans tell her to shove it, and not back down and kiss her plastic arse like Peru. If Uruguay does tell Argentina to mind it's own damned business; I'll have to order a bottle of Uruguayan wine or two to celebrate on the 14th of June.

Cheers! i40.tinypic.com/263df9v.jpg

www.winesofuruguay.co.uk
16 Skåre (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:40 pm Report abuse
You can certainly fit a lot of fresh food in a Boeing 727. I wonder how long it will take for someone in Argentina to find a dubious pretext to ban Air Class Líneas Aéreas from flying the Montevideo to Buenos Aires route?
17 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
I guess Think is at an ad-hoc La Campora meeting to discuss how to react to this gross violation of Argentina's projected sovereignty.

A few bottles of this would do as a thank-you (www.waitrosewine.com/230227703/Product.aspx). I was expecting Waitrose to have more Uruguayan wines to be honest.
18 Chicureo (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 12:48 pm Report abuse
Bravo Alexei! You should arrange for direct air delivery of all the deli, cheese and wine specialties from places like Bodega Bouza:
www.bodegabouza.com/uruguay-wine/restaurant.php Does anyone know what the import duties would be to Port Stanley?
Also, I suggest they backhaul land mines from the Falklands to rebury along the shores of Rio Uruguay...
19 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 01:00 pm Report abuse
Seems quite a lot of Cab-sav being bottled in Uruguay. Not sure about cheeses... any recommendations?
20 Beef (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 01:15 pm Report abuse
So it is not economically viable to operate a cargo flight to what is to become a new oil province?

No wonder Argentina is screwed and any Argie with money wants to get their cash out.
21 cornishair (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 01:50 pm Report abuse
Uruguay still has a Westlands Wessex :) in military service!. i think i now love Uruguay.
22 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 01:56 pm Report abuse
One cargo flight to Montevideo = Yes, please.
Three flights to Buenes Aires = Hell no.

What does that tell you about Argentina?
23 Musky (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:07 pm Report abuse
Well done Uruguay, dance to your own tune!
Fray Bentos steak pie was a favourite dish in my house when I was growing up. Time to start buying them again.

Anyone remember the TV advert catchphrase?

'Fray Bentos Means Lean' !!!!!!
24 Fred (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:31 pm Report abuse
Nice!
25 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:35 pm Report abuse
Pie in a can. Can't argue with that.
26 Pirat-Hunter (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:40 pm Report abuse
Cool now Argentina should stop flights and traffic from and to
Uruguay for trading with pirates thieves and squatters, there is even a bridge to uruguay that should be immediately shut down, whoever helps the military regime in Malvinas Argentina should face the with us or against us treatment as USA does with all nations targeted for destruction.
27 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:52 pm Report abuse
@26 That would be fun.

Didn't you close the bridge and refuse to dredge the river anyways, before all this happened?
28 Skåre (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:58 pm Report abuse
@26 Pirat-Hunter

What? Argentina threaten a peaceful neighbour? This could become a habit.
29 DJ56 (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
#26
“as USA does”.

Slight difference. They are a superpower - and Argentina ..... is not.
30 Skåre (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 03:05 pm Report abuse
Argentina is a 'Peon State' .. but then you'd be a state if you'd been peed on as much as the Argentinian people have been peed on by Christina K and her husband :)
31 Beef (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 03:08 pm Report abuse
This is the result of quiet British diplomacy. Argentina likes to rant, rave and shake its cage (they like public humiliation). The British way is to simply go about our business in quiet confidence and when we clear our throat then things happen.
32 Max (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 03:08 pm Report abuse
Commercial flight ? ... What for ?.... probably for Nuclear Waste ...!
33 St.John (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
@26 Pirat-Hunter “now Argentina should stop flights and traffic from and to Uruguay”

Argentina has already done that implicitly with import and currency restrictions - pay back time.
34 Xect (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 04:22 pm Report abuse
I suspect Uruguay is seeking to hurt Argentina for Argentina cause them problems and also a fact to win trade with the British.

I suspect we will see more SA countries seek to retaliate to Argentina's closed trade system using a variety of methods.

Seems countries in SA only support Argentina whilst Argentina has commercial value to them which makes a lot of sense when you realise how untrustworthy Argentina has proven itself to be.

So much for the world supports Argentina, all we have seen for weeks is literally over 50 countries target Argentina.

And the USA would love the chance to punish Argentina further.
35 Pirat-Hunter (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 04:39 pm Report abuse
Boycott tourism to Uruguay and block all roads to and from Uruguay. If they are not with us they must be pulling for the pirates and thieves illegally occupying Islas Malvinas.
36 Xect (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 04:42 pm Report abuse
Yeah good idea Pirat-Hunter, cut them off and make your sinking economy even more unfeasible.

I suggest you write a letter immediately to the loony government of Argentina and they probably would given their bizarre foreign and domestic policies!

Good work Pirat-Hunter!
37 Conqueror (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
@26 “military regime”? Did you know that there are thousands of British troops in Aldershot, UK? Aldershot doesn't seem to be under a “military regime”, thicko. Going to close that “international bridge” again? Pulp mill crap didn't work. A brilliant example of a psychotic argie!
38 Cristina Fernandez (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 04:45 pm Report abuse
as this article from the BBC indicates, many of Argentina's neighbours are gtting a bit worried about the basket case that Argentina is becoming
39 yankeeboy (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 05:06 pm Report abuse
This is very good news! Uruguay is a great little country. I love going there in the summer. I hope this turns into something very profitable for both parties.
40 Chicureo (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 05:11 pm Report abuse
Dear Pirate Hunter: Thank you for reminding me why I should never again buy Havana dulce de leche or Malbec wine. I used to love going to BA just to buy shoes, tailored suits and then go to dinner for an outstanding Bife. Today, I buy Chilean Cabernet and soon Tannat. How many bottles of wine do you think Argentina exported to the UK market last year? I do agree with you about closing the Argentinean /Uruguay border. That's why I suggest Air Class Cargo backhaul land mines from the Falklands and rebury along the shores of Rio Uruguay...
41 Cristina Fernandez (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 05:29 pm Report abuse
here the BBC article accidently add in #38

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17576856
42 Max (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 05:39 pm Report abuse
41--
Cristina Fernandez !
Do you read English media craps at your resting time ?
We wait some -- secret documents on about English -- to reveal from you here.
43 yankeeboy (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
“Our munitions would only last for a 25-hour shooting war against Paraguay. After that, Paraguay would invade us.” hahahahaha

There was another quote in Lancion today someone saying 15 military jets have crashed in the last 11 years. So the only training the piotes are getting is to be kamikazes hahahahhahaha

Someone should tell CFK it is only Argentina's territory if they can defend it.
44 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 06:19 pm Report abuse
It's time to lighten it up with a joke.

Question: How many male La Campora members does it take to change a lightbulb?
Answer: Two; one to put on nothing but leather chaps and a cowboy hat, and another to watch and say 'oh yeh, that really gets me going'.
45 Pirat-Hunter (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
Uruguay could still go back to being a province of Rio De la Plata under Argentine rule, Malvinas could be a longer term project since uruguay wants to take part in this fight I say we take on the little guys first otherwise UK might want to use their land to stage an attack on Argentina, as they're actively doing right now, I say we meet them right at their borders and turn Uruguayan back, let their british friends help them.
46 yankeeboy (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
45. Um don't you know you don't have a military any longer? You can't even support a major civil disobedience much less taking on a country even if it is Uruguay. I would also think Chile and Brazil would help them if they needed it. Chile would control Arg airspace in less than an hour. Plus the USA would tell you it is not really wise to bother someone we like.
47 malen (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 06:53 pm Report abuse
how are the colonizators cryinggggggggggggggggggggg
usurpatorssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
hate SA getting together, but you are doing it all time, in eurozone or nato (a militar and criminal organization) or commonwealth.
arent you going to invade sirya?? oh no,there isnt oil there. what are you going to steal, eh?? for killing civilians you dont have problem, with or without oil you love it in every part of the world.
48 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:09 pm Report abuse
@46

Typical fool. Argentina chooses not to spend on military. Less than 1% of GDP (3.5billion). All our neighbors at least spend 3%, some more than 4%.

We could stop subsidizing university, healthcare, and medicine for 3 million illegal immigrants and a conservative gov could take over and stop funding the airlines, football, and other programs. That would free at least 10 billion a year (AR alone is 2 billion and Argentina football is half a billion, and those are nothing against education and health budgets).

Then bring GDP to military spending to 6% (twice our neighbors), and it would go to 30 billion dollar military spending.

South America and the Falklands should be glad we don't believe in that anymore.
49 Brit Bob (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
Yes Uruguay is led by a sensible govenment and its people are sensitive and have not been brainwashed by a bunch of Nazi Comedians. They can see economic benefits and a way to help their economy whereas Argentina is going nowhere fast and annoying the whole world apart from Venezuela, Cuba and Iran - nice bunch of friends.
50 Pirat-Hunter (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:14 pm Report abuse
Rio De la plata was once a great country and it could still be the dominant country in this planet if we use this situation to Unite by force as UK and USA done to control other nations, Argentina needs to start arming the old cartels used to theft our wealth to get our land back and stop the theft of wealth.
51 yankeeboy (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 07:51 pm Report abuse
48. If Chile ever wants to take back Mendoza you are going to be in trouble. They actually like to work, respect property rights and the rule of law. Just think what Chile could do if they had arable land! I think the best solution is to surrender now.
Let's see Free Futbol or Defense, hmmm hard one, most intelligent leaders would pick defense.
It is only your land if you can defend it.
52 ChrisR (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
It would be really helpful to Uruguay if this bearded twat packed his bags and went back across the Plate to 'Shitland' and never came back.

The more I see of the despicable 'Glorious Leader' and her fatuous kids (also fat in the case of Maxxi-baby) the more I wish someone would shoot the lot of them.

But of course there are no Argies over there with the balls to do anything about the inevitable slide from 'Laughing Stock Of The World' to annihilation.
53 Beef (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
Malen - there is loads of oil in Syria you spanner. I had investment in Gulfsands Petroleum and sold when the news of a potential buy out to India was released.

Why are you mad? Is British sovereignty of the Falkland Islands getting to you? Perhaps you should try some of KFC's loony juice?
54 DJ56 (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 09:51 pm Report abuse
#46
The UK already spends more than US$30billion on defence, you great ignoramus.
55 Xect (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
The number is actually US$65 billion.

For Argentina to catch up to the UK they'd have to spend over US$120 billion for the next 10 years. The technology and assets the UK already has will be very difficult to catch up with and as the relentless march keeps going it will make it even harder to catch up.

The Type 45 & Typhoon are two good examples of many years of R&D that have lead to truly world beating technology.

The Type 45 is the most advanced warship in the world and the UK kitted out Typhoon depending on who you speak to is either 1st through to 4th most effective aircraft in its class for instance.

And then there is the special technology the US is willing to share with the UK like the F35 which is a truly stunning bit of kit.
56 ynsere (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:24 pm Report abuse
Actually Ambassador Dovena is a moderate, well mannered gentleman, quite unlike his predecessor, Mayer I think his name was, who was just like Pirat-Hunter and the 54% of Argentines who voted for CFK (many of whom now swear sever again). He was eventually unofficially declared “persona non-grata” and BA had to take him back. Of course, ambassadors can only say what they're paid to say, but Dovena's crap is nicely put. Oh, and by the way, there are now some Uruguayan Malbecs.
57 urukelper (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:36 pm Report abuse
I hope that this flight will motivate British Airways to have a weekly (?) non-stop flight from London to Montevideo. I'll buy tickets in the first flight that's available.
58 Pirat-Hunter (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:51 pm Report abuse
Didyou all hear about the uruguayan revels who want to free themselves from their corrupt government in uruguay ???
I encourage the Argentine government to provide them with weapons for humanitarian reasons.
59 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 10:56 pm Report abuse
@54

But you must admit, if Argentina trully became war mongering and used a lot of its budget on weapons and building a nuke, you guys would be really worried. Because you undoubtedly would still have the upper hand, but if you thought the Falklands was short and nasty imagine a repeat with that scenario. And how Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and the others would feel. Kinda hot in the pants!

But thankfully, for all the crap you talk about us, you can say all those things for fun because we are not a threat, and we are not a threat unilaterally. We are a defacto Costa Rica in terms of military right now. Good for you and for us.
60 ynsere (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 11:01 pm Report abuse
Pirat, not clear, are these freedom-seeking Uruguayans of yours rebels or revellers?
61 Alexei (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
Considering KFC & Co. insist Argentina isn't trying to blockade the Falkland Islands, the Malvinists do get hilariously upset when friendly nations refuse to play Argentina's silly games. When the Malvinist has a tantrum, the façade cracks and the ugly face of spiteful Argie nationalism is exposed for all to see.
62 Truth_Telling_Troll (#) Apr 02nd, 2012 - 11:09 pm Report abuse
@61

Because, surely, you are no Chauvinist chav going around claiming Britain is the best thing that happened to humanity since H20.
63 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 12:02 am Report abuse
@62 Don't you Le Camping Morons have an HSBC to spray with the Argentinian flag, rather than trying to be tough online?

“yeh yeh Jose, yeh, HSBC is argentinian because I sprayed it blue and white”
“yeh Phillipo-philipo, I kicked the door, yeh yeh”
“yeh yeh, what does Maximo want us to do now?”
64 xbarilox (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 12:08 am Report abuse
“Argentina officially informed Uruguay that it does not oppose a commercial flight as long as there is no government involvement in the operation.” as if the Malvinistas could do something about it. Stupid people, they can't even have Uruguay doing what they want. This is basically another “up your *rse malvinistas” from Uruguay. lol

@ 62 Mucho chiste pedorro, pero tenés un dolor de cola impresionante, mucho tratar de disimular tu frustración por no tener las malvinas, pero no sirve de nada che, seguila mamando :)

@ 47 malem, does your b*tt hurt too much?
65 brit abroad (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 12:56 am Report abuse
Pirate hunter is really out there maaaaan!!!

What you smoking? banana leaves?
66 uruk (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 06:48 am Report abuse
@26
Says who?
67 Musky (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 07:37 am Report abuse
@26 Pirat Hunter
You now have a government using sanctions/embargoes/restrictions to try to get its way over the Falklands, which we all know is a distraction from the sad truth that Argentina's internal problems grow worse, so your Ambassador weighs in with a view on the commercial viability of a flight from Uruguay to Falklands. He should keep his nose out of other countries business.
As to your name Pirat-Hunter, clearly you have delusions of grandeur and it is sad to think you have swallowed all the lies about your country's claim to the Falklands. We Brits are comfortable with our country's standpoint and the legitimacy of the Falklands population. We are true to our word and you are not. The Convention of Settlement signed by Argentina killed dead the claim Argentina had on the Falklands. it can be found on line though maybe not in print in your homeland possibly because of the banning of books with high lead content in the ink.... :-)
68 Austral (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 08:21 am Report abuse
As happens in Australia & Canada, with their fly in fly out mining operations, wouldn't it be great for the Falklands if massive oil reserves were found, they upgraded the airport to take 747s/777s etc and they did regular direct flights from London to Mount Pleasant. About the same as New York - Jo'burg or shorter than Hong Kong - New York. The oil companies would pay the bulk of the costs, tourism would increase and talented staff could be rotated from Europe. It would be great for their economy.
69 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 09:16 am Report abuse
I'd go on hols in the Falklands; and I still think there is a huge amount of scope for internet businesses there. Just needs a massive fat data pipe running up to their shores.

It's already a military airport, so should be able to take a 747/777. The question is more about the destinations and auditing of safety for organisations who have flights over large open seas with no secondary airports.
70 ChrisR (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 10:38 am Report abuse
56 ynsere

Hi ynsere. The 54% vote for the Mad Bitch which the Argies kept on about refers ONLY to those who voted on the day, not of those elligible to vote in the election and did not.

The actual share of the ELLIGIBLE vote was only 36.2%, so she managed just over a third. :o)
71 Skåre (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 10:53 am Report abuse
RAF Mount Pleasant has an 8,497ft runway - more than enough for most widebodied aircraft - and routinely handles the civilian Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that operate on the twice weekly Falklands Air Bridge route between RAF Brize Norton and Mount Pleasant (via Ascension Island).

The only aircraft that may require a longer runway are exceptionally heavily laden cargo aircraft taking off with a very heavy fuel load and for them you would simply lay an aluminium planking runway extension (but I can't actually picture any situation where a cargo flight would be taking such a load out of the Falklands).
72 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 11:20 am Report abuse
@71 Jurassic Park?
73 Skåre (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 01:00 pm Report abuse
Jurassic Park?
74 GreekYoghurt (#) Apr 03rd, 2012 - 06:40 pm Report abuse
You were asking what might fill a Jumbo-jet and fly to some relatively empty islands that are a significant flight from a population centre. So I assumed you meant dinosaurs, or japanese fighting robots, or godzilla.

... maybe mothra, or that one that looks like a beetle.
75 Skåre (#) Apr 04th, 2012 - 05:33 am Report abuse
Funny ... but no, other than Christina K's ego, I was asking what could leave a DEPARTING jumbo so heavily laden. It is only a take-off that could be a problem (because of the possibility of both heavy fuel and cargo loads). ANY plane arriving will by definition have a lighter fuel load and therefore easily be able to land on the current runway ;)
76 Brit Bob (#) Apr 04th, 2012 - 02:34 pm Report abuse
But doen't Argentina own all of the airspace in the South Atlantic?

LOL.
77 row82 (#) Apr 04th, 2012 - 03:15 pm Report abuse
Please join -

Keep the Falklands British -

www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-the-Falklands-British/123151384435619?sk=wall&filter=1
78 paul_riehl (#) Apr 04th, 2012 - 07:30 pm Report abuse
@21 - appreciate your enthusiasm, but the Westlands Wessex is in service only as a decoration visible from the airport road

@55 - that 'truly stunning bit of kit' F35 is a complete lemon - see www.youtube.com/watch?v=27qdB1D0s9M&feature=related
You only need to watch three minutes to get the idea.
79 SussieUS (#) Apr 06th, 2012 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
@ 16 Skare (#)
Be ready to swim to help the Boeing 727 if crashes in the Atlantic because argentinians like me are tired of hearing your bla bla bla...
80 ChrisR (#) Apr 07th, 2012 - 11:28 am Report abuse
Anybody recognise the nonsensical ramblings of SussieUS.

I think it is the so called Argie who 'lives in the states', but has admitted to being in BA, with his own business (grasscutting I think) and was 'educated at a top US University' but cannot string sentances in English together just like this idiot.

For the life of me I cannot remember 'his' tag: any ideas?
81 rebeldenacion (#) Apr 09th, 2012 - 05:31 am Report abuse
And just what did you all expect from Argentina, a repeat performance of course.......for your viewing pleasure:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyPC0SD0PGw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTBAjfgHLyk&feature=relmfu
www.youtube.com/watch?v=azwWSN2pukk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSvQw00SV-c
www.ripoffreport.com/government-worker/argentina-tourists-m/argentina-tourists-murdered-l-33f51.htm
www.ripoffreport.com/federal-government/cristina-kirchner/cristina-kirchner-cristina-kir-dc9b0.htm

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