The proposed second airline service between the Falklands and South America with a once a month stopover in Argentina, drew both strongly voiced concerns and praise at a public meeting held on Wednesday evening in Stanley. Worried citizens suggested Argentina might manipulate Islanders by threatening to interrupt the link to Sao Paulo, Brazil in the longer term.
Budget carrier Norwegian Air plans to start flights between London and Rio de Janeiro in March to break what it said was a monopoly enjoyed by British Airways between the two cities.
The governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom reached an understanding to establish a second commercial air link to the islands, the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) confirmed on Tuesday followed by an official statement of the embassy of Argentina in the United Kingdom.
Argentina's foreign minister Jorge Faurie said that this week's G20 leaders' summit in Buenos Aires not only will it be historic since for the first time a meeting of such significance is taking place in South America, but also because of the symbolic reconciliation and constructive attitude between Argentina and the United Kingdom referred to the Falklands/Malvinas Islands.
Aerolíneas Argentinas has cancelled all flights scheduled for this coming Monday, Nov. 26, due to a workers' strike, it was announced Friday.A total 371 flights are to be grounded, affecting the travel plans of over 40,000 passengers, which will cost the state-run company around 20 million US dollars in losses.
A Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737-500 registered OB-2041P, coming from Cuzco, crash-landed Thursday morning at La Paz's El Alto airport after problems with its undercarriage, it was reported.
The Argentine financial newspaper Ambito Financiero is insisting with its version of the agreement reached on the second commercial flight of the Falklands to the region, which is anticipates will be formally announced by president Mauricio Macri and UK Prime Minister Theresa May when they meet next 30 November in Buenos Aires in the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit.
* MLA Elsby anticipates the public will be engaged on the final proposal. A final decision on where in Argentina a second commercial flight from the Falklands to a third country in the region will land “has yet to be made,” assured Member of Legislative Assembly Barry Elsby on Thursday.
The second commercial flight from the Falkland Islands to a third country in the region with a stopover in an Argentine airport has been agreed, according to reports in Ambito Financiero, a Buenos Aires financial daily.
The 222 passengers of the stranded Ponant's Le Soleal cruise vessel finally left from Punta Arenas airport over the week end terminating their several days unexpected adventure which started last Wednesday when the vessel suffered damages in attempting to reach the port of Natales, in southern Chile.