Resumption of the Chile / Falklands air link, a “historic event”, according to the Argentinian official Carmona
“A historic event”, is how Guillermo Carmona, Argentine secretary for the Falklands, South Atlantic islands and Antarctica, described the confirmed resumption of the weekly air link between Punta Arenas in Chile and the islands. Falkland, with a monthly stopover in Rio Gallegos. in the province of Santa Cruz.
“It will allow Argentines to travel to the islands, it is very important it is a historic event. It is of great importance for Argentines who wish to travel to the Malvinas Islands,” Carmona said in an interview. on the radio.
Comments follow on the announcement of the restoration of the weekly LATAM air link with Chile from next July 2, and for which reservations have been opened.
“The Argentine government has been demanding since March the return of this air communication after two years of unilateral suspension by the British authorities, which began with the outbreak of the pandemic”.
Carmona pointed out that these are “the only flights that have remained non-operational after so long”, adding that the first flight will take place next July 2, “as long as there are reservations and ticket sales”.
“It is very important for us Argentines that the line of communication remains open so that relatives of the dead can visit the Argentine cemetery in Darwin. Likewise for veterans who want to return to the battlefields. It will also help people stranded on the islands, especially members of the Chilean community, who have not been able to return to their country since the start of the pandemic.”
Carmona also recalled that there were still outstanding issues with the UK regarding “migration restrictions and the permanence of Argentine citizens in the islands”.
“It is quite painful for us Argentines to have to travel with passports in the Falklands while we are talking about our national territory. These are issues that are part of a process that national authorities are trying to get back to,” Carmona said.
LATAM announced earlier this week the first flight from Punta Arenas to MPA on July 2 and the following July Saturdays. On July 9 and 16, the LATAM air link will stop in Rio Gallegos.