The Falkland Islands Government made this announcement initially on March 17, 2020:
FIGAS has been an integral part of Falkland life since 1948. The service has gradually evolved from air ambulance, mail service and carriage of officials to passengers, freight, fishery patrol and scenic flights.
FIGAS remains an essential part of the Falklands transport infrastructure and way of life. The fleet now consists of five Islanders, one of which is a dedicated Maritime Patrol aircraft. Flying is becoming increasingly more seasonal with ground based tourists and local passengers making up most of the traffic. Round Robin flights, freight, fishery zone surveillance patrols, commercial charter operations and scenic flights compliment the core business.
FIGAS operate five Britten-Norman BN-2B Islanders.
- VP-FBD entered service January 1986, passenger configuration
- VP-FBM entered service May 1989, passenger configuration
- VP-FBN entered service July 1990, passenger configuration
- VP-FBO entered service July 1990, maritime patrol configuration
- VP-FBR entered service March 1992, passenger configuration
FIGAS serves the following airports in the Falkland Islands from Stanley (Port Stanley Airport) (STY):
Top Copyright Photo: VP-FMC passed through BWI on November 23, 2020 on its long delivery flight. FIGAS (Falkland Islands Government Air Service) Britten-Norman BN-2B Islander VP-FMC BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 952045.