The Argentine financial newspaper Ambito Financiero is insisting with its version of the agreement reached on the second commercial flight of the Falklands to the region, which is anticipates will be formally announced by president Mauricio Macri and UK Prime Minister Theresa May when they meet next 30 November in Buenos Aires in the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit.
The newspaper reiterates that the second flight between Sao Paulo in Brazil and the Falkland Islands, with operator Latam Brazil will in effect have a stopover in the city of Cordoba in central Argentina.
Ambito points out that Argentine foreign minister Jorge Faurie has announced that Mrs. May plans to arrive in Argentina a few hours before the G20 meeting on Friday 30 November and the two leaders (May and Macri) will meet sometime during that Friday.
As to the new flight between the Falklands and the region, Faurie said it will be undertaken in the framework of the air connectivity issues agreement signed with the UK in 1999, and under the sovereignty (dispute) umbrella.
The Macri and May administrations have been working since last February in the understanding, and both countries have sounded airlines in the Mercosur area to see if there was a commercial interest besides technical availability. The foreign ministry said officially there is no confirmation, only that negotiations are ongoing.
But Ambito insists that Latam Brazil will be operating an Airbus 320, which will fly directly once a week from Sao Paulo to Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falklands. On the third Wednesday of the month it will stopover in Cordoba at the Taravella hub, and similarly in the return trip to Brazil a week later.
This is a similar agreement to the one currently in operation, weekly, between Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile and MPC, plus a once a month stopover in Rio Gallegos on both ways.
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Remind me, how did Watergate work out?Nov 24th, 2018 - 11:44 am +1
The two governments are about to announce the deal as soon as it is finalised. There are no big surprises; the joint statement of September last year said a second flight could only happen if there was another stop in Argentina once per month. Sounds fair enough to me; the current flight stops in Argentina and it all works fine. Both governments are saying it is not quite finalised yet. Our government said the public will be consulted before the final deal is accepted. An Argentine paper got hold of a leak about the deal. No big deal, that happens all the time.Nov 24th, 2018 - 09:54 am 0
So why is our local village idiot of a news presenter carrying on like he’s just been given the equivalent of the Watergate tapes?