Most international flights arrive at the Mount Pleasant MPN airport, which is also a military base. The only international carriers to use this airport are LanChile on a weekly flight from Santiago de Chile via Punta Arenas CL, Rio Gallegos AR monthly and the UK Royal Air Force who carry commercial passengers direct from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. Flights from the UK last eighteen hours including a stop on Ascension Island en route. The RAF contracts two flights per week which are subject to military priorities. There is also an airport in Stanley PSY but it has a smaller runway and is used primarily for flights within the Falklands.
The Mount Pleasant airport is 56km 35 miles from Stanley. Falkland Island Tours & Travel Tel: 21775, firstname.lastname@example.org operates a shuttle bus that meets all flights and that can take visitors to and from the capital for Â£15.00 per person one-way. Taxis also take passengers to and from the airport - these must be pre-booked.
Large cruise ships stop at Stanley's port throughout the summer. These boats may also stop at some of the outlying islands. While cruise ships can dock at Stanley, be prepared to come ashore on a zodiac, also called a rigid inflatable boat RIB, when landing on most other islands. It is also typical for expedition ships en route to Antarctica, to include a stop at the Falkland Islands in their itinerary.