Intercontinental operations

A plane's cargo is unloaded on Antarctic ice runway
The Airbus A319 is unloaded during an operation at Wilkins runway. (Photo: Glenn Jacobson)

How much baggage can I take on the flight with me?

The A319 intercontinental service between Hobart and Casey service, or Airlink, has similar baggage size limitations and security processes to other international flights, with a few extra restrictions in order to meet Antarctic conditions.

  • You can take a maximum of 55 kg of baggage with you on the flight (which includes your AAD issued survival kit).
  • You are permitted to carry 7 kg of this 55 kg allowance as carry-on baggage. You will also be required to carry on your AAD-issued red survival bag (maximum 10 kg; see Carry-on Baggage below). You will deposit the balance of your baggage allowance as 'checked-in' baggage at the check-in gate. This will be loaded on your flight but you will not have access until you arrive at Casey.
  • Sharp objects are permitted to be carried in checked-in baggage, but not in 'carry on' baggage.
  • Each bag should be soft-sided (no large cases), less than 1 metre long and under 15 kg.

Carry-on baggage

  • Carry-on baggage is carried on board and stowed in the overhead lockers.
  • You must carry on board with you your AAD-issued red survival kit (maximum 10 kg). This is included in your 55 kg baggage allowance. The AAD-issued survival gear must be donned by all personnel on the flight prior to the aircraft's descent onto Wilkins runway.
  • You may also carry on board with you up to 7 kg of your 55 kg allowance (eg. laptop, camera, etc).
  • You must carry your passport on board.
  • You must not carry any sharp objects in your carry-on baggage.
  • Each bag carried on board must be labelled with the item's weight, owner's name, flight number and final destination.

Be aware that excess baggage will not travel and will need to be consigned as cargo for a future flight or voyage.

Returning to Australia

The check-in and personal carry-on luggage limits outlined above apply.

Any other cargo you are returning to Australia should be e-conned as cargo (including unaccompanied personal effects) and delivered to your station store person by their required cut-off dates.

These items will be loaded into the aircraft hold. If you have unaccompanied personal effects, please tape your completed Customs B534 form to the outside of one of your boxes.

RTA of issued clothing

On return to Australia (RTA), you will be required to carry your AAD survival bag through Customs and it will then be collected by AAD Supply Services staff. Your Flight Coordinator will brief you on this during your flight.

AAD-issued returnable gear will also be collected at the airport so it will need to be packed separately from your personal effects. It will also be collected by Supply Services staff.

Issued 'returnable' AAD clothing must be separated from personal clothing and returned to AAD staff. Please note that returnable clothing is not to be handed back on station.