Falkland Islands Executive Council decision on preferred operator for second flight

Today the Falkland Islands Executive Council agreed to appoint a preferred airline operator to provide the second midweek flight between the Falkland Islands and South America.

According to a press release from the Falkland Islands Government: "Detailed negotiations will now begin, however at this stage the identity of the preferred operator, as well as the discussions, will need to remain confidential for commercial reasons. The Falkland Islands Government will provide a further update on the outcome of these discussions in July."

The final decision on the way forward will be made by the Legislative Assembly and ExCo in the next few months, but this will not be before August, to allow sufficient time to conclude discussions, noted the press release today.

Member of Legislative Assembly Barry Elsby (pictured) said: “On behalf of all of the MLAs, I’m pleased to confirm this concrete step towards realising our ambition to establish a second weekly air link which will be of benefit to the Falkland Islands and all our people.”