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Falklands' additional air link to South America has a target launch date: October 2017

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 - 01:12 UTC
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Argentina, United Kingdom and Falkland Islands representatives have agreed on a process for an additional air service to the Falklands, from either Brazil or Chile, with a target launch date of October 2017, and likewise will address scientific data exchange in relation to fish stocks in the South Atlantic, particularly regarding the migratory Illex stock. Read full article


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  • Roger Lorton

    Peronistas will be collecting fresh tar and feathers in order to properly welcome Argentina's delegation back in Buenos Aires.


    Dec 21st, 2016 - 01:48 am - Link - Report abuse +8
  • Marti Llazo

    Due to the high cost of imported tar and feathers here now and the closing of the uncompetitive domestic tar and feather industry, the welcoming of the delegation is expected to receive a mere token treatment by the peronchos.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 02:27 am - Link - Report abuse +8
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Alan Duncan
    “Pleased to sign @ICRC mandate with Argentine Dep. Min Villagra to identify Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin Cemetary

    ”Good talks w/Argentine Dep. Foreign Minister Villagra on UK-Arg. Agreed way forward on new flights

    Argentina working bilaterally with the U.K...a handful of Brits living in Malvinas will get extra vacation in mainland South America.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 04:39 am - Link - Report abuse -10
  • gordo1

    Marquitos Alejandrito

    What exactly do you mean? We don't understand juvenile riddles here!

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 06:43 am - Link - Report abuse +6
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    I can't understand why the Argentines are so smug. Their carrier isn't the one which will be doing the flying (thank heavens for small mercies)

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 09:06 am - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Roger Lorton

    The Argie press is emphasising the signing of the agreement that allows the ICRC to carry out the DNA testing that Argentina asked for. You have to dig deep to find press reports dealing with the rest of the agreements although the Peronist whining has already started over Argentina's representatives even being in the same room as the FIG which is seen as a betrayal (they have short memories as it happened in both the 1970's and the 1990's).

    I'm sure that the malvinistas will get around to the flights issue before too long.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 09:36 am - Link - Report abuse +9
  • James Marshall

    'Argentina, United Kingdom and Falkland Islands representatives'...hmmm

    If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck.......

    Would that be a trilateral we just have to wait for 'Voink' to tell us all that the MLA's were probably just there to serve the refreshments...

    How the UK delegation can keep a straight face when the Mythical Under-Secretery of LA-LA land pretends to have a legitimate role, while suggesting the real Falklands Government is a 'So-called' government, I will never know.

    Perhaps the under secretary is just too embarrassed to say anything.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 09:52 am - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Marti Llazo

    Actually perhaps one of the real benefits of additional flights will be allowing more argies to visit the cemeteries and thus be unambiguously reminded of what happens when you try screwing around in untoward ways with the Falklands.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 10:14 am - Link - Report abuse +8
  • Pete Bog


    “ and Falklands attending with representatives MLA Mike Summers and MLA Phyl Rendell.”

    So the islanders weren't excluded.

    That is significant.

    And the islanders weren't with the Argentine delegation.

    That also speaks volumes.

    And if there is another air link both sides will win.

    Argentina learning that pragmatism works and Peronism fails.


    “thus be unambiguously reminded of what happens when you try screwing around in untoward ways with the Falklands.”

    Great point Marti. Whilst Argentina thinks it's a good thing that those soldiers are buried as far from their families as possible, it still reminds the Argentines that they lost.

    They can fly all the Argy flags as much as they like-they still lost and they still enter a land administered by the Islanders (customs etc). So that reminds them who has real, rather than imaginary jurisdiction over the Falkland Islands.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 11:02 am - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Marti Llazo

    Why not offer the use of a part of the islands as a penal colony for convicted Argentines? I mean, Argentina is running out of space to build the needed prisons, and you would never run short of convicted argie criminals. It could be a win-win situation. The islanders could hire chilotes to guard the inmates, since Chile has to constantly keep an eye on Argentina anyway and they have much practice monitoring their criminal mischief. The peronchos could even boast about the number of argies who live on the islands, and a penal colony would give them some substance for their silly “colony” claims. I say, give this some serious consideration.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 03:01 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Brit Bob

    Malvinas: Government breaks historic policy and talks directly with the kelpers
    The Government of Mauricio Macri will make a key turnaround in the Malvinas negotiations by incorporating the kelpers in the negotiations on the restoration of flights between the continent and the islands. The kelpers are also interested in moving forward with what the joint statement signed by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in September (Politica Argentina 19.12.16).

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 06:58 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Voice

    Nice picture of....blah blah blah de blah blah and blah de blah...
    Where...blah de blah, blah and blah...?

    I reckon you'll get the gist of my point...;-))))

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Islander1

    Brit|Bob- what was your news site? A tad out of date - regular flights from the Falklands to Chile have been in existence for near 25 YEARS! Initially Aerovias DAP just to Punta- then DAP to Santiago - and then Lan since 1996

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 10:51 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Roger Lorton

    Usual 'blah, blah, blah' from Voice. Nothing of substance.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 04:21 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • downunder

    “The Falkland Islands release under the heading “Positive outcome of London talks between Falkland Islands representatives, UK government and Argentina”...”

    Trilateral talks! Now that's one for the history books, and the fact that information was released by the Falkland Islands as well as the GoA signals its acceptance of the FIG.

    This is a positive development and, hopefully the start of a process that will see Argentina begin to behave in a more correct manner towards its small neighbour and afford the Falklands the same courtesy and respect that civilized countries afford each other.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 05:05 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • ChrisR

    There will be so much demand by the Islanders for flights to The Dark Country that a Cessna 172 will be oversize.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • malen

    Soon you are going to receive for xmas a teddy bear.
    We already know the results. Its going back to Menem's exterior politics. Nothing changes.
    I only hope a serious debate in our congress or a referendum to know the opinnion to all argentines.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Roger Lorton

    It'll be a rocky road before the fat lady gets to sing on this one.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 11:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo


    “ know the opinnion to all argentines....”

    And the “opinnion” of all argentines is worth what exactly?

    Dec 23rd, 2016 - 12:16 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Pete Bog


    “I only hope a serious debate in our congress or a referendum to know the opinnion to all argentines”

    Banning extra flights from Argentina to the Falklands got you exactly how nearer your farcical claim becoming reality?

    The best possible claim you could have on the Islands, which is extremely tenuous to say the least, and completely challengeable on many different levels, is based on 5 years occupation by Vernet who sought and gained permission from the British Government to be in the Islands.

    From the referendum in 2013 to the present,=almost 4 years MORE effective occupation by the Islanders, never mind the rest, which spans over a century!

    If Argentina has a referendum to ban more flights which succeeds, that will punish the Argentine economy as much as the Islands economy, which will simply not expand at a quicker rate, but will still progress regardless.

    However by cooperating with the people born on the Islands, Argentina stands to improve its economy.

    Whilst the people who have their homes on the Islands want to run themselves, it is irrelevant whether there are extra flights passing through Argentina to the Islands or not, you will still NEVER achieve your farcical aims.

    So you might as well improve links with your neighbours and earn more money out of them and get some investment out of the UK to improve your country.

    I doubt Macri will be as condescending as to sent the Islanders teddy bears or Pingu videos, though he could send the comedy videos of HMS Invincible being sunk 5 times.

    “ Its going back to Menem's exterior politics”

    So pray tell me, did CFK's exterior policies land Argentina the Falklands on a plate?

    Last time I checked, the Islanders still run things in the islands and all the official government paperwork and place signs have the words FALKLAND ISLANDS on them.

    But if it makes you happy, by all means have a referendum on extra flights passing through Argentina.

    Dec 23rd, 2016 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Marti Llazo

    I hear that the argentines are demanding a national referendum for determining the colour of paint to be used for the guest house rooms at Quinta de Olivos.

    Dec 23rd, 2016 - 11:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Dec 26th, 2016 - 03:24 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    Poor old Hepatia. Again with the old “England will return the Malvinas within 25 years” BS.
    #1 Yes, we have no Malvinas...
    #2 England doesn't have the wherewithal to return the FALKLANDS (please learn the difference between “England” and “The United Kingdom of Great Britain”
    #3 The United Kingdom of Great Britain won't be returning the Falklands to Argentina without the express wishes and permission of the Falkland Islanders
    #4 It ain't going to happen

    Dec 26th, 2016 - 04:52 pm - Link - Report abuse +1

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