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Air link from Cordoba to the Falklands confirmed by UK and Argentina

Tuesday, November 27th 2018 - 20:11 UTC
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This additional regular flight is part of a “gradual trust-building process, aimed at strengthening links between mainland Argentina and the Islands.” This additional regular flight is part of a “gradual trust-building process, aimed at strengthening links between mainland Argentina and the Islands.”

The governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom reached an understanding to establish a second commercial air link to the islands, the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) confirmed on Tuesday followed by an official statement of the embassy of Argentina in the United Kingdom.

According to the Argentine statement, this additional regular flight is part of a “gradual trust-building process, aimed at strengthening links between mainland Argentina and the Islands.”

Following a detailed commercial process, agreement has been reached for a weekly LATAM Airlines flight from Sao Paulo to the Falklands with a stopover in Cordoba, central Argentina once a month (round trip).

“The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to confirm that negotiations to establish a second commercial air link,” FIG statement says. According to MLA Barry Elsby this additional international air link strengthens the Falkland Islands’ connections to the world enforcing the Islands Plan 2018-22.

Both Argentine and FIG statements, recognizes Argentina as “other country” since the Argentine official announcement mentions that “instruments that constitute the legal base for flights between the Malvinas (Falklands) Islands and third countries” is based in the Joint Statement and Exchange of Letters signed between Argentina and the United Kingdom under a sovereignty safeguarding formula on 14 July 1999, and the Joint Statement of February 2018.

LATAM is currently in charge of the flight that connects the islands with Chile, which one a month stops at Río Gallegos.

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  • Roger Lorton

    A few days ago on here - “MLA Elsby anticipates the public will be engaged on the final proposal. A final decision on where in Argentina a second commercial flight from the Falklands to a third country in the region will land “has yet to be made,” assured Member of Legislative Assembly Barry Elsby on Thursday.”

    From Penguin News Facebook Page in the last few hours - ”MLA Barry Elsby, portfolio lead for Development and Commercial Services said: “In establishing this additional international air link, we have taken an important step towards delivering on the vision set out in The Islands Plan 2018-22, to strengthen the Falkland Islands’ connections to the world. This is a positive outcome for our nation, as not only will it help contribute to our economic growth and development, but it will also bring huge social benefits for our community. “We will be taking the opportunity at our public meeting on Wednesday 28 November to discuss the proposal with our community as previously agreed.”

    Decision 27th. Public meeting 28th.

    It's only 5am here, so perhaps I'm still asleep?

    Nov 27th, 2018 - 10:15 pm +3
  • Roger Lorton

    Islander 1

    Oh dear. Best way to clear their reputations would be to stand up and honestly detail what has happened - any why - and who. Honesty in politicians, now there would be a thing. Your politicians are your problem, but if there's evidence of FCO pressure please let me have anything that can be proven, and I'll start waving it about (so to speak). The PM's visit to the G20 undoubtedly plays a part and she's proven to be the master of poor decisions. Alan Duncan too.

    As the Peronists believe that this additional contact with Argentina is a sign of weakness by Macri, they may yet do you a favour.

    Can I assume that today's open meeting will be 'lively'? I am aware that the local radio intends to record it - an upload to Youtube would be most informative.

    Nov 28th, 2018 - 10:11 am +3
  • Roger Lorton

    Viveza FCOa perhaps.

    Nov 28th, 2018 - 02:21 am +2
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