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Compassionate charter flight for the Falklands' Chilean community on March 19

Wednesday, March 9th 2022 - 10:10 UTC
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 The return flight to Santiago will cost £550 and a return flight to Punta Arenas £350. One way flights are available and will cost half of that. The return flight to Santiago will cost £550 and a return flight to Punta Arenas £350. One way flights are available and will cost half of that.
Priorities will be based on a “first come first served basis” said MLA Mark Pollard, “presuming everyone has very similar compassionate reasons for going…” Priorities will be based on a “first come first served basis” said MLA Mark Pollard, “presuming everyone has very similar compassionate reasons for going…”

Next March 19, a 'compassionate' charter flight with a capacity for 168 passengers, will be flying to Chile from the Falkland Islands, returning Saturday, April 9, 2022. The flight will only stop in both Punta Arenas and Santiago on the outbound and return journeys.

 When this happens the Falklands' government will have complied with its pledge to the Chilean community that hasn't been able to visit their country to manage family, personal or health issues for almost two years, since the start of the pandemic.

The return flight to Santiago will cost £550 and a return flight to Punta Arenas £350. One way flights are available and will cost half of that.

Priorities will be based on a “first come first served basis” said MLA Mark Pollard at a press conference “presuming everyone has very similar compassionate reasons for going…”

Falkland Islands residents will be able to buy a ticket, providing they need to travel for one of the following reasons:

• To renew travel and/or identification documents
• To visit family that they have not seen for a long time, due to pandemic disruptions
• To manage other outstanding personal and/or health issues which have been impacted by Covid-19.

Passengers will be asked to confirm how they meet these criteria at the point of booking their ticket and will be permitted the normal luggage allowances.

People wanting to travel for business purposes, or to take a holiday, will not be eligible for this compassionate charter flight; equally these flights will not carry freight.

The flight will be subject to the necessary permissions from authorities in order to operate, and we are working to secure these in order for people to be able to leave the Islands on compassionate grounds.

As for quarantine, Chief Executive Andy Keeling explained passengers would be required to undertake either a PCR or an LFD test, before returning to the Falklands. “We will need a formal certificate as proof of that test. So LFD self-administered tests wouldn’t be accepted for that. Everyone on the inbound flight on the ninth of April will be required to quarantine as is the case for the airbridge at the moment.

Any passengers booking a flight to the Falklands will need to submit their IDC5 form at the time of booking. And the IDC5 form requires that you detail your arrangements for quarantine. It's really important to stress that passengers will be responsible for their own arrangement.

FIG will not be able to provide quarantine accommodation, because we simply don't have the capacity.”

For questions about reservations, pricing and logistics, please contact International Tours and Travel, who are the booking agents for this flight, on 22041. (Penguin News)

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Jedi389

    Showing your lack of knowledge.

    Flight was for Chilean nationals only. No business reasons. Not for a holiday.

    We have had so many flights with Argentine citizens with nowhere to stay, so this has to be sorted. No insurance and we the tax payer have covered the costs, including repatriation costs for close family members.

    Some have been unable to follow our basic laws, including vandalism, public order, flight safety and stealing.

    So I can guarantee that the rules on Covid would be broken. Plus with a low take up of vaccination in Argentina, we would have to foot that bill too.

    Aerolineas Argentinas ? A way of getting a foot in the door. I hope to never see one of those flights here as long as I draw breath as it’s a slippery slope.

    I just hope that FIG will be as considerate when there is an application for the next of kin visits. You can say no, so can we!

    Mar 09th, 2022 - 11:32 pm +4
  • Jedi389

    So it’s compassionate when Argentina offers a conditional mercy flight, but with conditions it’s ok.

    All we want to do is have a flight without conditions that will not be filled with flag waving trouble makers who will not comply with Covid restrictions.

    Simple but obviously not simple enough for an indoctrinated imbecile.

    Mar 09th, 2022 - 10:35 pm +3
  • Jedi389

    I can see that, but we also know how rules that apply to the rest of the free world apply to Argentina!

    I actually have nothing against the majority of Argentine people. What I object to is our way of life being threatened and the smoke screen that the Government of Argentina are putting up all in the cause of national integrity, by a group that have none.

    No excuses excuses or whinges. Just the reality of the situation.

    Plain and simple.

    Comprendo mi amigo?

    Mar 09th, 2022 - 11:55 pm +3
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