Tourists will be able to fly Argentina to Antarctica from 2018
Tourists will be able to fly from Argentina to Antarctica from 2018, on the first-ever regular commercial flights to the frozen continent.
Flights will depart once or twice weekly from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego to the Argentinian base Marambio on Seymour Island, situated near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula, La Nacion newspaper reports.
The airstrip at Marambio will be upgraded with a radar station allowing for the safe arrival of regular flights.
Approximately 10 per cent of accommodations at the base will be made available for tourists, Ministry of Defence secretary Walter Ceballos told DPA.
The flights will take around one and a half hours and will be serviced by turboprop planes from the state-owned airline LADE, the report said.
Marambio is situated approximately 3330km south of Buenos Aires.
Tourism in the remote location is not new. In January 1966, the first ship carrying "citizen-explorers" arrived in Antarctica. These days, on average, 35,000 to 40,000 people visit each summer.
The cruising industry dominates travel to the continent but with the announcement of regular flights, the number of tourists going there is set to balloon.