Until now, most expeditions for tourists into the Antarctic used ships to visit penguins and massive icebergs. But now, a new way to travel, which had been reserved for station and scientific personnel will be available also for tourists: regular scheduled flights to Antarctica.
Tourists are able to fly into Antarctica from Argentina starting from 2018. The runway of the Argentinian base Marambio on the Antarctic Peninsula will receive a radar station for a secure and controlled approach of regular flights, according to a news dispatch by Argentinian newspaper “La Nación”. The flights will be conducted by the Argentinian company LADE and will use Turboprop airplanes. The Argentinian base Marambio is situated approximately 3,300 kilometers south of Buneos Aires on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The base will allocate about ten percent of its existing accomodations for tourists, according to state secretary of the defense ministery, Walter Ceballos. At the moment, approximately 150 people can be accommodated at the station. Also, some of the other 13 Argentinian stations could receive visitors if the ongoing scientific work will not be affected. All environmental protocols of the Antarctic Treaty will be complied, Ceballos said.
The planes will start from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, once or twice per week and reac Marambio after a one and a half hour flight. Daily excursions and stays between three and four days are planned, said Ceballos. It will be the first regular schedulded flight service to Antarctica.
Marambio is situated on Seymour Island at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost area of Antarctica. The station, inaugurated 1969 consists of 27 buildings on an area of 20,000 square meters and is reached only by Argentinian Airforce planes which can also use wheeled landings instead of skis. It is the largest of all Argentinian stations.
Source: Die Welt / dpa