On July 13 ExCo approved measures to facilitate a repatriation flight for approximately 50 individuals present in the Falklands who had planned to return home via scheduled flights, but due to the suspension of the LATAM services to South America had been unable to do so.
A new capability to fly directly from the United Kingdom to the Falkland Islands has been achieved. The modified aircraft, G-VYGM, took its maiden flight on Tuesday 2 June 2020, as part of the scheduled South Atlantic Airbridge and returned directly to the UK on Friday, setting two new world records in the process.
May 12 was the 35th anniversary of the opening of Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falkland Islands. A milestone that definitively changed the life and future of the Islands, helping to boost trade and tourism.
The full main runway at the Falkland Islands Mount Pleasant Airport has re-opened after the completion of resurfacing works covering 3,000 meters, the British Forces South Atlantic Islands, BFSAI, command announced this week.
LATAM Airlines Brazil’s new weekly flight between the Falkland Islands and São Paulo will begin operating on 20 November 2019. This service will allow passengers to make onward connections to multiple destinations in South and North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The Argentine media has revealed some additional details about the coming weekly airlink between the Falkland Islands and the South American continent, scheduled to begin “sometime in the second half of November”.
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.
“Extremely competitive” is how MLA Barry Elsby, speaking to Penguin News this week, described indicative fares for the new flight to Sao Paulo from the Falklands, beginning November 6.
An agreement has been finalised with LATAM Airlines Brazil to introduce a second international commercial air link to the Falkland Islands with a weekly service from São Paulo/Guarulhos (with a monthly stop in Cordoba, Argentina), complementing the existing weekly flight to Santiago, Chile.
Penguin News caught up with the Commander of British Forces for the South Atlantic Islands, Brigadier Nick Sawyer stationed in the Falkland Islands.