Travelling to the Falkland Islands is easier than you might think with options by air and by sea. Arrangements can be made with an international operator or a Falkland-based company.
Many visitors choose to arrive with LATAM which operates a flight every Saturday from Santiago, Chile (SCL) returning the same day. A stop is made each way at the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas (PUQ) where customs formalities for Chile are completed. Once a month the flight stops in Rio Gallegos, Argentina. LATAM is a OneWorld partner connecting with international carriers in Europe, the Americas, Australasia and Africa.
The Ministry of Defence, UK, operates twice weekly flights from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, directly to the Falklands with a refuelling stop in Ascension Island. Flights leave the UK on Sundays and Wednesdays. Return flights depart the Falklands on Tuesdays and Fridays. Civilian passengers can book seats on these flights via the flights department of the Falkland Islands Company in Stanley or the Falkland Islands Government Office in London.
All flights arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport (MPN) on East Falkland. The airport is part of Mount Pleasant Complex, managed by the UK Ministry of Defence. Bus transfers are available from the airport to Stanley where you will be dropped off directly at your accommodation. If your first port of call is elsewhere in the Islands, your accommodation provider or tour operator will organise an appropriate transfer or meet you at Mount Pleasant. If you wish to travel independently to the Islands, accommodation should be arranged prior to your arrival.
More than forty different cruise ships from a number of companies include the Falkland Islands as part of their austral summer itineraries. This is a great way to get a feel for the Islands as part of a South American or Antarctic adventure.