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South Atlantic air bridge rerouted temporarily; repairs to the Ascension Island runway

Monday, April 17th 2017 - 07:54 UTC
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It's going to be a busny winter for the Falkland Islands. The government has announced that due to repairs required to the Ascension Island runway, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is temporarily rerouting the South Atlantic Airbridge via an alternative location. The UK air bridge from Brize Norton to the Falklands normally calls at Ascension Island both ways. Read full article


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  • Think


    TOW2233 Reg. G-VYGJ, from MPN safely landet at BZZ on the1 6/04/17 - 18:37, after technical stop at DKR...
    No SAR or “Humanitarian Situation” in Brazil were misused... this time.

    What the article above doesn't mention is that..., if the alternative routing goes via Senegal..., it will mean a passenger capacity reduction of about 100 Pax per flight...

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 08:40 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • DemonTree

    Senegal huh? I was wondering if French Guiana would work as an alternative stop.

    Why do you think there would be a capacity reduction?

    Also aren't you going to come up with a new conspiracy theory for the flight on the 7th now?

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 10:49 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Pete Bog


    “it will mean a passenger capacity reduction of about 100 Pax per flight..”

    It's not stopping the flight though.

    It could stop at Buenos Aires so that Argentina could see what a proper working airliner looks like. And a guest visit by some Typhoons too so Argentina can see what a jet fighter looks like. ;-)

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Briton

    What repairs, are they extending the runway.

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • golfcronie

    I think it is seagull shit eating away the tarmac

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 09:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    From the horses mouth, as it were :-)

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 10:40 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    “risk of yellow fever, malaria and Zika virus”, yikes. I though the Yellow Fever vaccination only lasts 10 years though? I'll be happy if I don't have to get that one again.

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Think- why a 100 seat reduction? Routing via Dakar instead of Asc etc was common back in the days of the Tristars and no noticeable pax reductions - a few of freight but not an issue as MOD have regular airfreight alternatives.
    No problem to Islanders as we can easily fly to Europe via Latam/BA as well these days.

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 12:23 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Doveoverdover

    It's really good to know that our intrepid colonists don't need to take up valuable seats and freight allowance on the Air Bridge any longer. That should save UK tax payers a bob or two.

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 06:52 am - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Think

    I think the Engrish MoD should treat all the intrepid colonists in the same way...

    Just imagine the face of some of the rebellious Falklandist Kelpers if they were treated as them loyal Ascensionites..:
    《 Due to capacity issues in the Falkland Islands, it has been necessary to limit the number of the non-essential population there... We apologise for the disappointment and disruption that this will cause. 》

    - Sounds a bit like the badger culling to me... ;-)))

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 08:41 am - Link - Report abuse -5
  • DemonTree

    There are no Ascensionites. The British government refuses to give anyone permanent residency because they don't want any more small populations around claiming self-determination. The ones we've got cause them enough headaches.

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 10:15 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Mr. DemonTree

    No Ascensionites... huhhhhhhhhhhh....?

    I'm sure them Ascensionites will be pleased to hear your Colonial opinion ...:

    “As a result of changes in the constitutional arrangements for Ascension Island, the first Island Council of seven members was elected, and took office on 1 November 2002. This Council was dissolved by order of the Governor of Saint Helena on 24 October 2005, and a new election was held on 16 November 2005. 697 electors chose among ten candidates contesting the seven seats...

    Six of the seven members resigned in January 2007 in the belief that they were ”assisting to legitimise a democracy that doesn't really exist on Ascension Island“...

    Consequently, a general election was called, but by the close of nominations, there were only two candidates. As a result of the boycott, the election was abandoned, and the governor suspended the Island Council for 12 months. It was stated that an election would take place in April 2008 but following consultations this was extended to October...”

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 11:41 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • DemonTree

    From the same article:

    “To enter Ascension Island, individuals need the Administrator's written permission. There is no permanent residence. A contract of employment is a requirement to stay on the island,[39] though short term visits by tourists are possible with prior approval. The British government has asserted that there is no ”right of abode“ on Ascension Island.[40] As the local newspaper The Islander reported at the time,[41][42] it is an issue that was disputed by some former Council members and some of the long-time expatriate employees.”

    What did you think they were protesting about?

    Anyway, are you now going to tell us you think they are entitled to self-government and ownership of the island just because they live there?

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 12:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Mr. DemonTree...

    You say...:
    “...are you now going to tell us you Think they are entitled to self-government and ownership of the island just because they live there?”

    I say...:
    Nope... As I already told ya all in me comment above...:“I Think the Engrish MoD should treat all the intrepid colonists in the same way...”

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 01:11 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • DemonTree

    That could mean anything or nothing. I'm sure you will very conveniently define only the people you want to as 'intrepid colonists' with no rights. Just as in the UN, people in non-self governing territories are entitled to self-determination, but those arbitrarily divided by former colonial borders and ruled by murderous dictators are entitled to nothing.

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 01:45 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Mr. DemonTree...

    Firstly..., the one calling them “Intrepid Colonists” was Cmdr. McDod..., not me...

    Secondly..., the ones calling them Ascensiorists a “Population”... , implicitly denegating them any self determination rights is the Engrish MoD..., not me...

    Thirdly..., I Think that the Engrish Massas should tread on all populations in their Colonies with an equal foot ...;-)

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 03:01 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Clyde15

    Argie squatter

    There is neither an Engrish nor an English MOD. Fabrication of your fevered imagination.

    Rule 101 in life...: Use correct information sources,as you are so fond of saying but do not adhere to

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 04:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • DemonTree

    Same difference.

    And wanting people to be 'trodden on' is NOT very progressive.

    He prefers his alternate reality where the US and UK are responsible for everything wrong in the world including all terrorist attacks, most of the SNP are in jail because campaigning for independence is banned, and Venezuela has conveniently disappeared from the map.

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 05:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Coming back from Sainsbury's I saw a notice saying that from 24 April the centre of town will be facing road closures for the replacing of water pipes until the end of December.

    It makes the Falkland's inconvenience seem minimal compared to mine.

    Apr 18th, 2017 - 09:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Apr 22nd, 2017 - 03:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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