LATAM is expanding its service to the Falkland Islands with new widebody service from São Paulo, Brazil starting next month.
The seasonal service will run from Brazil’s largest city to Mount Pleasant, the Royal Air Force base that serves as the main airport for the British Overseas Territory. Service beings on November 20, 2019 and will run each Wednesday until March 25, 2020.
Each week, the service will depart São Paulo in the morning and return from Mount Pleasant in the late afternoon.
Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Mount Pleasant
LA8210 // dep GRU 9:30AM arr MPN 2:35PM // 767-300 // Wednesday
LA8211 // dep MPN 4:50PM arr GRU 9:35PM // 767-300 // Wednesday
Once a month, the flight will make a stop in Cordoba, Argentina. The flight will be operated by a 767-300 featuring lie-flat seats in business class.
The Falkland Islands Government celebrated the news, stating:
This exciting new air link will also bring significant commercial benefits to the Falkland Islands including an estimated increase in economic activity of over £2m annually as well as encourage growth in tourist, retail and hospitality sectors. It also represents the fulfilment of one of the key commitments of The Islands Plan 2018-2022 – the Legislative Assembly’s blueprint for building a prosperous, productive and positive future for the nation – which is to strengthen the Falkland Islands’ connections to the outside world.
I am very excited about this new route, because I have been wanting to visit the Falklands for years. With this new route, it will be possible to stay a few days, since the LATAM flight will depart São Paulo on Wednesday but rather than stay a week, I can hop on the weekly Saturday service to Santiago, Chile in the other direction, allowing for a pleasant stay of three days.
Do you have any interest in visiting the Falkland Islands?