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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

How to get to | Falkland Islands

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.

Falkland Islands (aka Malvinas)

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Most visitors reach the Falkland Islands by cruise ship. Many (but not all) Antarctic cruises stop at Falkland Islands for a day or two. There are only 2 or 3 flights a week to the Falkland Islands:

  • LAN (a Oneworld airline) flies a once a week milk run to Mount Pleasant (other stops between Santiago and Mt Pleasant vary from time to time but always include Punta Arenas).
  • The Royal Air Force has a once or twice a week flight from Brize Norton in UK to Mount Pleasant with fuel stop on Ascension Island which accepts limited numbers of civilian passengers. This flight is currently operated by Flyglobespan.

TIP Both flights operate with only one class of travel - economy.

TIP Fares on both LAN and RAF are high. The only way to save money is to fly LAN and book a long way ahead, get a points award or include as part of an around the world fare/South America pass.


Oliver said...

So I take it the RAF service isn't operated by a Hercules transport plane? That's too bad, as uncomfortable as it may be, it would be a cool adventure.

The Global Traveller said...

The flight from UK to Falkland Islands used to be operated by RAF aircraft but has been contracted out for the past few years.

Nicolai said...

FlyGlobespan went bust in December. The UK MoD has been scrambling around for contractors since to keep some service going, so it is currently (reported on PPRuNe) more irregular than usual, but there is service, though the official passengers (Forces and local government there) always take priority. It's probably best to wait a couple of months for them to settle down with another long-term contractor.

The Global Traveller said...

Thanks for the update Nicolai. Hopefully regular service will be resumed soon.