A brighter future at the Mount.

June 2023, The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has just completed work at the Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falkland Islands with Mitie and Gatwick Construction to install new LED lighting and Signs from Airfield Lighting Systems UK Limited (ALS) in Wickford, Essex.     

An RAF A400M is recovered to a hangar at Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands. (Crown Copyright, MOD 2019)

Work has concluded on an almost £7 million Defence Infrastructure Organisation Project, to extend the lifespan of the runaway at the Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC).  

This is particularly important given that it is used for the airbridge flights to and from the UK, for LATAM flights connecting the Falkland Islands to South America, and the Falkland Island Government Air Service (FIGAS) which connects MPC with the outlying islands of the Falklands.

The upgrade involved the installation of 80 LED internally Edge lit ALS signs installed on the airfield.  ALS have been making signs since 2008 in the UK and have a unique design Innovative design of mounting poles that go through the sign itself to keep it stable during installation and operation.  This design feature also facilitates easier installation.

Their range of LED internally lit ICAO/EASA/CAP168 compliant guidance signs, single or double sided are at the forefront of new technology, ALS have designed their LED Taxiway signs to be both energy efficient and require minimal maintenance. The construction utilises the robustly designed ALS cabinet and uses stainless steel fixings throughout which ensures optimal performance despite the arduous weather conditions experienced in the Falkland’s.

The Project also included the provision of 29 ALS Runway Guard Lights, necessary primary AGL cables and 13 non-illuminated signs.


The installation of the products was carried out by Gatwick Construction Limited a partner of ALS, who were present on-site alongside MITIE to supervise the installation process. They were both satisfied with the service provided and by the performance of the lights. The order was delivered on schedule to allow for transport by sea.

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