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Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:19 am

Scheduled flights to Antarctica.

From 2018, tourists will be able to take scheduled flights to Antarctica. Argentina is developing the landing field research base Marambio. It is inhabited year round and is home to approximately 100 scientists and technicians. The base will be expanded to accommodate tourists,

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/#1.13060515.1 ... 8063455000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marambio_Base
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:12 am

Mortyman wrote:
Scheduled flights to Antarctica.

From 2018, tourists will be able to take scheduled flights to Antarctica. Argentina is developing the landing field research base Marambio. It is inhabited year round and is home to approximately 100 scientists and technicians. The base will be expanded to accommodate tourists,

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/#1.13060515.1 ... 8063455000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marambio_Base


I believe international agreements on protection of the environment in Antarctica may prohibit scheduled airline service. I can't even see how bilaterals could be established since Antarctica isn't the legal territory of any country. Various parts are assigned to quite a few countries for research purposes but it's not their territory and they can't do whatever they want with it.
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:41 am

Australia claimed soverenty over Antarctica in 1933. The 1961 agreement you refer to did not extinguish the prior claim.

It is interesting the two countries that ignore the Australian sovereignty the most, Japan with fishing within the EEZ, and China building a station and conducting mining activities themselves are claiming similar sovereignty rights in Asian waters.
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:36 am

Can't we save any one part of the world for wildlife & not humans? Do tourists need to go to Antarctica? NO! Leave something unspoiled for once, instead of selling of selling out nature for profits.
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:36 am

The NRK link that you provided didn't show the article, my search gave this (in Norwegian):
https://www.nrk.no/nyheter/rutefly-til- ... 1.13060515
Wiki says the current runway is just 1230 m long and the distnce from Ushuaia about 1250 km.
Yes, I agree that unspoiled nature should be protected but cruise ships have been going to Antarctica for years. Even If the plans ever come true it's not going to be trip for masses.
According to:
http://archyworldys.com/argentina-plans ... arctica-2/
LADE turboprops will be used. To my knowledge LADE has aging F27s, some SAAB340s and C130s.
Something does not quite add up here. Quote: "The machines are one or twice a week from Ushuaia start in Tierra del Fuego and reach Marambio after almost one and a half hour flight." Surely the flight time would mean jets right?
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:23 pm

Chile already offers scheduled flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica every summer. Aerovías DAP serves at least one weekly flight to base Eduardo Frei with its BAE 146-200. It is quite a popular destination for Hollywood stars actually. Last summer Tom Hanks and his wife were spotted taking the flight.
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:10 pm

And http://www.adventure-network.com/ uses IL-76 from Punta Arenas, 6-7 day tour costs $48150 plus the flight down there. They are adventure trips for the well-to-do. That company flies to Union Glacier Camp, which is much nearer the South Pole than the Chilean and Argentine bases. All in all there seems to be a lot more tour activity to Antarctica than I would have imagined.
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:08 am

Mistral1 wrote:
Chile already offers scheduled flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica every summer. Aerovías DAP serves at least one weekly flight to base Eduardo Frei with its BAE 146-200. It is quite a popular destination for Hollywood stars actually. Last summer Tom Hanks and his wife were spotted taking the flight.


Aren't those officially charter flights? Are they bookable through GDS systems? I doubt it.
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:50 am

RWA380 wrote:
Can't we save any one part of the world for wildlife & not humans?

Apparently not


RWA380 wrote:
Do tourists need to go to Antarctica?

Tourism is a concept based on desire, not need.


RWA380 wrote:
NO!

Says you. Who are you again?
~signed, anyone with an economic interest in such promotion


RWA380 wrote:
Leave something unspoiled for once,

Antarctica isn't as pristine as you appear to be imagining it....
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:38 pm

Let's just hope not...
Frankly, it would be good to at least leave Antarctica as untouched and unspoilt as humanly possible.
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:04 pm

AR must be desperate for cash with the Brazilian economy tanking and Europe not exactly having a stellar performance. Like it has been said, those trips To Antarctica can easily cost north of $50k.
 
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Re: Argentina to uppgrade Marambio airfield in Antarctica for scheduled flights and tourism starting 2018

Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:29 pm

VCEflyboy wrote:
AR must be desperate for cash with the Brazilian economy tanking and Europe not exactly having a stellar performance. Like it has been said, those trips To Antarctica can easily cost north of $50k.


AR is not involved in this project in any capacity
Keep calm and wash your hands.

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