Most travel around the islands is done by air because the road network is limited. Falkland Islands Government Air Service operates an on-demand service from Stanley's airport, a surfaced runway 5km east of town. Reservations specify a date but not usually a flight time. FIGAS may delay a flight until other passengers join the group.
To find out when you’re flying, phone FIGAS, get the daily fax that goes out to each FIGAS destination, or listen to the radio announcement each evening, which includes not only the flight schedule but also each passenger’s name and itinerary! On rare occasions, usually around holidays, flights are heavily booked. The eight-seater Britten-Norman Islander aircraft offer great views; flights rarely climb above 600m.