Flight details of the new air link of the Falkland Islands with the South American continent, Sao Paulo in Brazil, were uploaded to the LATAM website on Wednesday. After a hiccup in the loading which suggested prices were in the £1000s the computerization was completed and a more attractive price was shown to be available.
Prices vary depending on availability; however were you to travel to Sao Paulo on February 26 and return on March 4 it would cost about US$ 699 or approximately £566.
The flight would leave the Falklands at 16:50 and arrive in Sao Paulo at 21:35.
Returning on March 4 you would leave Sao Paulo at 09:30 and arrive Mount Pleasant 14:35
Were you to fly on Wednesday March 18 and return on Wednesday March 25 it would cost you US$ 598 or about £484 return to Sao Paulo. Being the third Wednesday of the month it would do one stop off at Cordoba Argentina.
You would leave the Falklands at 13:45 and arrive in Sao Paulo at 21:50.
Were you to carry on from Sao Paulo to the UK there are a variety of carriers, Latam, AirPortugal, British Airways and United, with varying prices depending on whether the flight is direct, or with one stop.
A quick look at prices on a return flight next month, (Brazil/UK) it would cost anything from £651 to £1135, between US$ 814 and US$ 1.420 (not including Falklands leg.)
However if you are planning to holiday in Brazil it won't hurt your pocket a bit. Unfortunately for the country, but fortunately for you, the Brazilian economy has only been sluggishly recovering after a crippling three year recession in 2015/16/17. Good quality accommodation can be found very cheaply - but more on that in the future.
Under the terms of the agreement for the second link to the South American continent, LATAM will fly weekly every Wednesday, starting next 6 November, Sao Paulo/Falklands/Sao Paulo, with a monthly stopover at Cordoba, Argentina.
LATAM already connects the Falklands from Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, every Saturday with a monthly stopover in Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz province, Argentina. This airlink was agreed in 1999. (Penguin News)