Australia's Antarctic aviation
The Antarctic aviation system consists of a regular intercontinental air service from Hobart in Australia to the Wilkins Aerodrome near Casey, and intracontinental services provided by fixed wing aircraft and assorted helicopters which link the stations and provide access to other areas of the continent for scientific field work.
The intercontinental aircraft is an Airbus A319-115LR operated by Skytraders Pty Ltd and the helicopters are operated by Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd.
The ski equipped BT-67 Basler and DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft are operated by Kenn Borek Air Ltd.
The intercontinental air transport is designed to move approximately 200 passengers each summer season and a limited amount of high priority, lightweight cargo (current maximum of 1500 kg per flight).
For more information see also:
- Flight Paths to Avoid Wildlife in East Antarctica [PDF]
- A History of Australian Aviation in Antarctica [PDF]
- AAD Intercontinental Flight Policy [PDF]
- Airlink Environmental Impact Monitoring Report 1 [PDF] (Note: Report 2 - Trip 2 was cancelled due to operational constraints)
- Airlink Environmental Impact Monitoring Report 3 [PDF]
- Airlink Environmental Impact Assessment Report 4 [PDF]
- Airlink Environmental Impact Assessment–Executive Summary [PDF] 25 June 2010