The British and Argentine governments have reached an agreement to promote a weekly flight of the Latin American airline LATAM from Sao Paulo (Brazil) to the Malvinas Islands, with a monthly stop in Córdoba (Argentina), the Foreign Ministry of London announced today.
"After a detailed commercial process, an agreement has been reached for a weekly LATAM flight from Sao Paulo to the Falklands with a stopover in Córdoba (Argentina) once a month in both directions," the Foreign Office said in a statement.
The Secretary of State for the Americas, Alan Duncan, declared that the announcement of this new connection "shows great progress, in particular with a view to the G20 summit in Argentina," which takes place on November 30 and December 1.
"This news highlights our closer relationship with Argentina and the fact that, despite our differences in some areas, we can work together on issues that benefit us all," he added.
Duncan stressed that the new air link "will support the economic development of the Malvinas", British territory since 1833 whose sovereignty claims Argentina, and "will benefit the entire region."
The agreement for this flight is the result of two years of negotiations, begun on September 13, 2016 with a commitment between the United Kingdom and Argentina to increase bilateral cooperation, the statement said.
The two countries have also agreed to hold regular bilateral meetings on air services for passengers, cargo and mail between the Malvinas, Argentina and the South American continent, the note said.