Building Antarctica's first paved runway

A map showing the location of the paved runway.
A map showing the location of the paved runway.
Scientist sitting on ice-covered rocks with a laptop to monitor seismic tests.Rocky hills at the site of the new runway.Aerial of Davis research station.Australia's Airbus at Wilkins Aerodrome.

In a boost to Australia’s Antarctic Program, the Australian Government has announced its intention to construct a paved runway near Davis research station.

The new runway will complement Australia’s existing summer-only ice runway at Wilkins Aerodrome, and will provide more reliable access to Antarctica throughout the year, improving our ability to conduct year-round, world-class scientific research and respond to emergencies.

Read the Joint Ministerial media release

Facts about the Davis runway