The British Government and the Kelper government on the Malvinas Islands confirmed today the establishment of a new flight uniting the islands with the South American continent that includes a layover in Argentine territory.
As announced by Reuters earlier this week, Latam Brazil will operate a weekly flight between the Islands and Sao Paulo, which, on the third Wednesday of each month, will include a layover at the Córdoba airport.
In a press release this afternoon, the UK Government said: “In the framework of the Joint Statement signed in London on 14 July 1999, the Joint Communiqué agreed on 13 September 2016 and letters presented by both Governments in February 2018, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is pleased to announce agreement with the Government of the Argentine Republic on an additional air link between South America and the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands.”
Islands Member of the Legislative Assembly, Barry Elsby, who is also the portfolio lead for Development and Commercial Services, said: “This is a positive outcome for our nation, as not only will it help contribute to our economic growth and development, but it will also bring huge social benefits for our community.”
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 the agreement reached by then-Argentine and British Foreign Ministers Guido Di Tella and Robin Cook, referenced by the British government in the mentioned statement.
The date for the first flight has not yet been announced.