12 MARCH 2018

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Falklands in demand

Airlines from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay have expressed an interest in operating scheduled flights to the Falkland Islands with stops in Argentine territory, the Argentine foreign ministry said last week.

The brief statement, which refers to the destination as the Falkand/Malvinas Islands, said the proposals, which come at the conclusion of the time limit at the end of February established by the Argentina and UK governments, will now be assessed.

This work would be carried out “by the competent aeronautical authorities, regarding (the proposals’) viability and convenience, and on these bases the corresponding authorisations will duly be awarded”, the statement added.

The next step would be to initiate a commercial process which would be led by the Falkland Islands and would be managed in stages to evaluate viable proposals from interested airlines and undertake negotiations.

The objective, the statement added, would be to secure one additional flight per week, including a monthly stop in Argentina, once in each direction, before the end of 2018 to complement the existing weekly LATAM flight to and from Santiago via Punta Arenas (Chile).

Twice-weekly direct flights to the Falklands from the UK depart from Brize Norton and are operated by the Royal Air Force. The service is known as the airbridge and departs the UK on Wednesday and Sundays.

www.falklands.gov.fk

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