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Falkland Islands: Air Routes

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the Falkland Islands of recent increases in the cost of fares on the Falkland Islands airbridge; and if he will make a statement. (257811)

The South Atlantic Air-bridge contributes to the social and economic development of the South Atlantic Overseas Territories through providing a link to Britain and the outside world, contributing to tourism, the movement of freight, and facilitating business opportunities. The Ministry of Defence has not raised the cost of fares on the South Atlantic Air-bridge since August 2008, which was in response to the global increase in the price of oil.