Ámbito Financiero reported on Wednesday that the Argentine and British governments, along with representatives of the Malvinas Islands, reached an agreement to establish a new route uniting the islands with the South American continent that includes a layover in Argentine territory. Media are speculating with the possibility that the agreement is announced during the G20 Leaders’ Summit that will take place in Argentina on November 30 and December 1. in Buenos Aires.
Latam Brazil will operate a weekly flight between the Islands and Sao Paulo, which, on the third Wednesday of each month, will have a layover in the airport of Córdoba. The news site reported that the landlocked province was chosen as a result of the reluctance from island representatives to authorize a layover in Buenos Aires, fearing a “touristic wave” from the capital.
Currently, the only way to get to the Malvinas from the Argentine mainland is through a monthly flight that comes from the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and has a layover in Río Gallegos, in the Santa Cruz Province. The flight has been operational since 1999, following an agreement reached by then-Argentine and British Foreign Ministers Guido Di Tella and Robin Cook.
The process to increase the frequency began in September 2016, when the two governments issued a joint statement highlighting their intention of strengthening bilateral ties. On July 26, the Islands’ government issued a press statement indicating that it had chosen Latam as its “preferred operator to provide a second commercial flight between” the territory and South America.
Now, it looks like it will be announced soon.