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Montevideo, December 12th 2018 - 07:25 UTC

Falklands second commercial flight agreed: Sao Paulo with a stopover at Cordoba, says Ambito Financiero

Thursday, November 22nd 2018 - 10:00 UTC
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Cordoba's airport Ambrosio Taravella, has become an international and domestic hub, with over two million travelers  Cordoba's airport Ambrosio Taravella, has become an international and domestic hub, with over two million travelers
Cordoba's airport Ambrosio Taravella, has become an international and domestic hub, with over two million travelers  Cordoba's airport Ambrosio Taravella, has become an international and domestic hub, with over two million travelers
 Latam Brazil will be operating an Airbus A 320 Latam Brazil will be operating an Airbus A 320

The second commercial flight from the Falkland Islands to a third country in the region with a stopover in an Argentine airport has been agreed, according to reports in Ambito Financiero, a Buenos Aires financial daily.

Allegedly the decision was arrived following talks at the beginning of the month in Buenos Aires between Argentine officials and British and Falklands' delegates. After much discussion the stopover for the Latam Brazil flight to Sao Paulo will be the City of Cordoba in central Argentina. Argentines insisted in Buenos Aires but apparently the Falklands representatives feared an avalanche of tourists from the Argentine capital.

Under the agreement Latam Brazil will be operating an Airbus A 320 on a weekly basis from Sao Paulo in a direct flight to Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falklands. The third week of each month it will call at Cordoba en route from Sao Paulo, and will make a similar call on the return flight of the fourth week. A similar arrangement to that with Latam Punta Arenas/MPC and the call in Rio Gallegos.

Whatever the decision it was not confirmed or denied by the Argentine foreign ministry.

“What rests to decide now is the politically correct moment to make the official announcement”, indicated the Ambito Financiero report. And speculates “why not on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Buenos Aires at the turn of the month, when Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Prime Minister Theresa May will be meeting”.

Despite discarding Buenos Aires City Ezeiza and Aeroparque terminals for the stopover, Ambito Financiero argues that Córdoba, although more expensive for ticket holders, is not a bad choice since the local airport, Ambrosio Taravella, has become an international and domestic hub.

In effect according to numbers supplied by Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000, which has the concession of the Cordoba terminal, the traffic in nine months of 2017 was over two million travelers, 32% higher than in the same period of 2016 and 49% over 2015. That works out at some 7.700 passengers per day at the Cordoba hub.

The process for a second commercial flight between the Falklands and a third country, preferably from Mercosur, was established in the Joint Communiqué of 13 September 2016 agreed by Argentina and the UK.

In effect, Point 10 of the communiqué referred to the South Atlantic establishes that: In accordance with the principles set out in the 14 July 1999 Joint Statement and Exchange of Letters, both sides agreed that further air links between the Falkland Islands and third countries would be established. In this context they agreed the establishment of 2 additional stops per month in mainland Argentina, one in each direction. The specific details will be defined.

According to Ambito Financiero the specifics have finally been defined, only waiting to be announced.

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  • Southernpenguin

    FIG isn't so stupid they would think they could get that flight without a stopover in Argentina. Either they take it or leave it - up to them. This has been pushed by the majority of the Chamber of Commerce in the Falklands not contractors. Most Falklands people have not objected to it - just the gobby ones that always say they represent the people when they don't.

    Nov 22nd, 2018 - 01:01 pm +2
  • The Voice

    Càllate Twinkle, no es asunto tuyo. Cabrear!

    Nov 22nd, 2018 - 02:03 pm +2
  • Southernpenguin

    The Falklands government has been pushing for this for years - to improve tourism communications. At the moment the tourist is stuck for a week which is tricky if it's just an add on trip to a South American tour and passenger exchanges are laborious. They didn't want BA because there's just too much emotion involved for the Falklands people (it's not just about tourists). Cordoba is a compromise. FIG has got what it wanted if this story has a factual basis

    Nov 22nd, 2018 - 12:09 pm +1
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