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Falklands-Buenos Aires link: Argentina awards license and route to low-cost airline

Saturday, December 15th 2018 - 09:27 UTC
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The Argentine government awarded low-cost airline Flybondi a 15-year license to exploit 284 domestic and international routes, including one that potentially can link Buenos Aires directly with the Falkland Islands. Read full article


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  • Jo Bloggs

    The illogical leap between the reality of this story and the headline is probably a good example of why Mercopress articles seem to average about 5 reader responses these days. I was looking at a couple of old stories from 2013 last night and they had reader responses in the hundreds.

    The other reason for such low reader response numbers is the futility of making responses in the first place. As more sensible people with a grasp on reality make this realisation and give up, the more Mercopress is left with the hardliners, trolls and general shit stirrers; and this just puts more people off. Which is why lots of articles receive no comments and even the most (realistically) provocative ones receive maybe 20 or 30 at a push; and even then that’s only because someone decided to argue with a troll.

    I hardly ever look at the site any more and judging by the reader responses, I am not the only one. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. Let’s see if I bother looking at MP again before this time next year. Last time I didn’t look for so long I forgot my login details!

    Dec 15th, 2018 - 11:05 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • FitzRoy

    This is fantastic news for all those companies in Argentina that do business with the Falkland Islands! It's also brilliant news for all those Argentine tourists. Where is it going to land though? And who will Flybondi get their permission to operate in the Falklands?

    Dec 15th, 2018 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • GALlamosa

    Absolute fantasy. No prospect that FIG would give it landing rights.

    Dec 15th, 2018 - 09:33 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • bushpilot

    The posting format is different from then.

    The posts used to be numbered. That was more conducive to responses. When they were numbered I could reference the specific post I was replying to. With a mere digit, it was clear. People could find that specific post. All dialogue was clearer.

    Without that post #, people will only reply to the last or 2nd to last post.

    It is too hard to specify which post one is commenting on, before all it took was an “@#”.

    The “Top Comments” and the tick marks befuddle the posting process too.

    This tiny little box also makes it difficult to post.

    Maybe the posts are less because MP is deliberately trying to cut back on outside dialogue.

    The headline of this article vs. its content, also indicates MP's new approach to things.

    Dec 16th, 2018 - 03:35 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • DemonTree

    Bushpilot, I agree. Plus the removal of the top 5 most commented articles from the sidebar, which used to make it easy to find where all the talk was. Can only assume, like you, that MP is trying to cut back on dialogue and have just a few comments focusing on each story.

    Dec 16th, 2018 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Think


    ***“Mercopress is left with the hardliners, trolls and general shit stirrers...”***..., says Anglo Squatter in Malvinas..., Mr. Joe Bloggs in the first comment to this masterpiece of a journalistic article...

    I ask meself...:
    Which of those three categories does that shit stirring hardliner Mr. Jo Bloggs would place himself in...?

    Enijau..., my information (probably bad & incomplete) is that the Scot in charge of MercoPress has been fed up with the baaaaaaaad trolls..., hardliners and general shit stirrers on this “Free Comment” section for a loooooooooooong time...

    Only the gooooooood ones left...;-)

    Dec 16th, 2018 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Roger Lorton

    I must be one of those 'hardliners' I suppose, but where are my manners.... congratulations are due I see Think, when were you promoted to 'general'? ;-)

    Dec 16th, 2018 - 10:20 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Voice

    I'm glad that you all seem to understand the content of this article...and that I must be the only one that doesn't...
    As I understood, the only new flight to the Falklands was through Latam Airlines Brazil to Sao Paulo with a stopover in Argentina that was anywhere, but BA...
    Who the hell is this airline and how can there be this sort of direct flight...?
    Or have I missed a development...?

    Dec 17th, 2018 - 12:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Nope..., ya avent missd nothin..., Mr. Voice...
    It is just an archetypal Argie long shot...
    A very looooooooooooong one ;-)

    Dec 17th, 2018 - 01:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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