Will Aerolineas Argentinas ever fly to the Falkland Islands?

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) may yet fly to the Falkland Islands (known as the Islas Malvinas in Argentina). President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, has proposed approaching the United Kingdom about agreeing to a new bilateral agreement that would permit a weekly flight by Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires to Stanley. However this proposal would probably meet political opposition in Argentina.

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Of course many people in Argentina still remember the undeclared Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. The Falklands War began on Friday April 2, 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on June 14, 1982, which returned the islands to British control. 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders died during the conflict.

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located over 250 nautical miles (460 km; 290 miles) east of Argentina. The archipelago comprises East Falkland, West Falkland, and 776 lesser islands.Stanley, the capital and only city, is on East Falkland. The islands are a self-governing British Overseas Territory, with the United Kingdom responsible for its defense and foreign affairs.

Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) (Stanley) is the local UK airline that operates scheduled passenger services throughout the Falkland Islands with Britten-Norman Islanders.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

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