Mount Pleasant Airport (Photo: Donald Morrison from Lochalsh, Scotland - Mount Pleasant Airport, CC BY 2.0,

Island of Isolation: Air Service in the Falklands

Located roughly 300 miles from the eastern coast of South America, the Falkland Islands has had its own unique history of transitioning between British, Argentinian, and French control. Now solidly under the control of the United Kingdom, the small island chain of 3,398 people has linked itself to its closest allies, countries, and oil wells. For most commercial flights, passengers are directed to the British Air Force base RAF Mount Pleasant. While the Air Force base is home to a…