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Air-link Falklands/Sao Paulo “discontinued” or exchanged for a direct flight from Buenos Aires

Monday, May 9th 2022 - 10:50 UTC
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Buenos Aires has offered as an option a direct flight to the Islands but through Buenos Aires and with an Argentine carrier. Buenos Aires has offered as an option a direct flight to the Islands but through Buenos Aires and with an Argentine carrier.
According to Carmona's office the 1999 original weekly link of the Falklands with Chile, with a monthly call at Rio Gallegos is to be resumed next July 2nd According to Carmona's office the 1999 original weekly link of the Falklands with Chile, with a monthly call at Rio Gallegos is to be resumed next July 2nd

Argentine media is reporting that Buenos Aires informed the UK is not willing to renew the 2019 political agreement which enabled the establishment of a second air link between the Falkland Islands and the continent (Brazil), but is prepared to discuss a new air link under different conditions.

Following the controversial revelations in a book by former Foreign Office minister for the Americas, Sir Ian Duncan, which led to speculations that the September 2016 joint communiqué was agreed with Argentine diplomats who had drank too much at an excellent wine cellar in the UK embassy in Buenos Aires, Guillermo Carmona head of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands Office anticipated that the Malvinas/Sao Paulo flight with a monthly call at Cordoba, Argentina, “had been discontinued,” since among other reasons the link was used to transport shifts of fishermen and oil industry workers, operating with licenses extended by the “illegitimate” government of the Islands.

Allegedly according to Carmona's office the 1999 original weekly link of the Falklands with Chile, with a monthly call at Rio Gallegos is to be resumed next July 2nd. But this will not be the case for November 2019 link from MPA to Sao Paulo and a weekly stopover in Cordoba. Both flights to Brazil and Chile have been cancelled for two years because of the pandemic.

However recently Buenos Aires told the Foreign Office that the Brazil/Falklands air link was no longer a priority, and as an option offered a direct flight to the Islands but through Buenos Aires and with an Argentine carrier.

Argentine sources consider that the Cordoba stop over is ridiculous and makes no economic sense, since Aeroparque or Ezeiza would make the link more attractive and profitable for tourism. “The market should decide which is the more profitable route,” Carmona was quoted.

Argentina is also aware that the Falkland Islanders wish more connectivity but are not prepared to receive any flights from Buenos Aires, much less with Aerolíneas Argentinas aircraft, arguing against all possible political reasoning or interpretations from the Argentines.

However unidentified sources from the Argentine foreign affairs ministry indicate “there is no intention of blocking the Islands”, rather “normalizing the South Atlantic”, and it is necessary to overcome misgivings from decades back. Apparently “normalizing” must also include downgrading the military magnitude of MPA, established contrary to UN General Assembly resolutions.

“The whole situation doesn't make sense, Nowhere in the world forty years after a war, and with no military threats, does such a level of isolationism exist”, points out Carmona's office. But allegedly according to Argentine sources, the British will not accept any conditions before sitting down to continue technical talks referred to the discontinued Sao Paulo/MPA airlink.

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  • Islander1

    Think,
    Comes as no surprise here as your Govt has been saying that from day of election. Not a problem. One reason why AA would never happen is how could they as the Arg official Govt backed airline- communicate directlt with Falkland Islands Govt Dept of Civil Aviation to start making all the arrangements of landing fees and insurances of airframes etc etc.
    Thought F.I.G. did not exist as the Govt of the Islands - in the eyes of Arg /
    London has nothing to do with the normal paperwork etc needed for commercial flights in and out of the Islands- all handled this end by FIG.Govt?

    Anyway as you well know also, ample other reasons why its a non starter as far as the Islands are concerned.
    Saludos.

    May 09th, 2022 - 12:46 pm +4
  • FitzRoy

    Oh dear, what a shame. I can't see AA being allowed here either, not many wanted the stopover in Cordoba, so it's no massive loss but it's a shame Brazil is not going to be directly linked. Any Argentines wanting to visit are going to feel let down though.

    May 09th, 2022 - 12:59 pm +4
  • Falklands-Free

    None of the above will be relevant if we choose to remove ourselves from the control of Argentina THINK. It could be done and we could establish a brand new link with whoever we like and Argentina would not be able to do a damn thing about it. If they tried they would be breaking international law.

    We could and should re establish a passenger ship freighter to also take people by sea if they wish to choose and every return trip could be loaded with fresh fruit and feed. That ship could go to Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and even as far as South Africa. A brand new opening for trade. Argentina would not be able to do a thing about it either. Now would that not be a smack in the face for our neighbouring bully.

    May 10th, 2022 - 12:14 am +4
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