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Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 05:33 UTC

Punta Arenas airport plans to double passengers' terminal area and commercial aircraft capacity

Arrival of passengers at Punta Arenas airport has experienced a sustained increase averaging 9.5% between 1995 and 2015, when it reached 900.000 people.

Punta Arenas airport is planning to double the area of the passengers' terminal and increase the number of jet bridges from three to five, as part of a major expansion program given the increase in annual commercial traffic at the President Carlos Ibañez del Campo Airport, which has been double the Chilean average.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 03:54 UTC

Falklands 2014 and 2015 business climate surveys “very good”, but 2016 prospects aren't so rosy

The Business Climate Survey is undertaken by the Falklands Islands Development Corporation, FIDC, with support from the Falklands Chamber of Commerce

The Falklands Business Climate Survey strongly suggests that 2014 and 2015 were two very good years for the Islands economy and its business community, which translated in profits and higher levels of turnover, particularly 2015. However survey respondents predictions for this year and onwards aren't as rosy with many businesses anticipating lower turnover and investments, but not necessarily profits, while the overall average rating for the Islands' economy weighed between “average” and “good”.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 22:09 UTC

RMS St Helena schedule extended another year until airport is ready for commercial flights

The extension of the RMS St Helena service also allows the island more flexible planning as it prepares for the introduction of commercial flights to the island.

RMS St. Helena, one of the last Royal Mail Ships in the world is to continue serving her remote South Atlantic island namesake until 1 July 2017, the St Helena Government has announced. The RMS passenger and freight service will continue to operate between Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension Island with the extended schedule confirmed by the island's director of tourism.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 08:38 UTC

Olympics equestrian sports have to live with glanders scare in Rio

Highly contagious and incurable, glanders has prompted Brazilian agricultural officials to destroy hundreds of horses across the country over the past two years

Brazil's summer Olympics, scheduled to be opened in less than a week, have added another challenge to the long list of complaints and disease-scares, such as Zika, but this time the culprits are not mosquitoes but an alleged outbreak of glanders disease, a deadly equine respiratory condition. And this has surfaced when the world's top riders and their mounts prepare to compete in Rio de Janeiro events.

Thursday, July 28th 2016 - 11:36 UTC

Ushuaia plans to expand main port pier 251 meters and improve facilities

Tierra del Fuego governor Rosana Bertone made the presentation of the project at Government House in Ushuaia

Ushuaia, the world's most extreme south city and the gateway for Antarctica cruise tours is planning to upgrade its port facilities including the expansion of the main pier by 251 meters increasing the docking capacity for tourism vessels during the summer season.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 - 13:51 UTC

Temer vetoes foreign 100% ownership of Brazilian airlines

 While Temer has expressed support to open up the country's aviation sector to further foreign investment, he does not support their full ownership.

Brazil's interim President Michel Temer vetoed on Tuesday an article in a new law, which would allow foreign investors to take 100% ownership of Brazilian airlines, according to the official Gazette. The article is part of a law seeking to modify areas of the aviation sector, mainly in order to allow the state-owned airport infrastructure firm, Infraero, to restructure its debts.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 - 13:34 UTC

Argentina planning tourist air tours of Antarctica beginning 2018

    The flights with LADE aircraft are scheduled to land in the Antarctic Marambio base

Argentina plans to organize tourist air tours to Antarctica beginning 2018, with the government's airline, LADE, according to official sources from the Tourism and Defense ministries.

Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 08:17 UTC

Falklands: Le Boréal 2015 engine-room fire ignited by clogged fuel filter, says report

The report says the fire in Le Boréal was due to a clogged fuel filter element, which was disassembled under pressure by a crewmember and thus started leaking fuel.

French maritime authorities have released the engine room fire incident report of cruise Le Boreal on 17 November 2015, which forced the air evacuation of some 90 passengers and crew to the Falkland Islands, while the rest were transferred to her sister ship L'Áustral. According to the report the fire was due to a clogged fuel filter element, which was disassembled under pressure by a crewmember and thus started leaking fuel.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016 - 05:37 UTC

Brazil tightens security at airports ahead of the Olympic Games in the aftermath of Nice

Authorities insisted the new screenings were not related to attacks abroad, but were in line with international security standards.

Stepped-up security screenings produced long lines for travelers at Brazil’s main airports on Monday in the aftermath of the truck attack in Nice, France and weeks ahead of the Olympic Games scheduled to open next 5 August in Rio do Janeiro.

Friday, July 15th 2016 - 04:13 UTC

“We'll be back with Cristina and we'll return to Malvinas”, pledges Maradona in Ushuaia

 The former Argentine captain and coach Maradona with Ushuaia mayor Vuoto and the “We'll return” poster

“We'll be back with Cristina, and we'll be back in Malvinas”, said Argentina's world football ex-star Diego Armando Maradona before leaving Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego where he spent mini vacations.

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