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Are There Flights To Antarctica?

Yes, you can fly to Antarctica! Logistically speaking, the 7th Continent is one of the most isolated places on Earth, and specialized resources are needed to operate in the region.

We carefully and thoughtfully planned out all our expeditions. Permits are secured in advance, and aircraft and ships with crews and staff have to be brought to the region for the short Antarctic travel season during the Austral summer.

Antarctica flights were not very common in travel before the air-cruise model. However, Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctica fly-cruise program in 2003. As of March 2020, we’ve operated 225 Antarctic flights over the Drake Passage, the body of water that separates South America and Antarctica. DAP Airlines is our official Antarctica flight partner with over 25 years of experience flying to Antarctica and Patagonia.

Why Fly To Antarctica?

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Cruise or Flight to Antarctica?

Flying to Antarctica

Instead of sailing over the Drake Passage, flying allows you to reach Antarctica quickly and in comfort. With flying, there is also the possibility of delayed arrival to Antarctica or early departure to avoid bad weather.

On the other hand, a two-hour flight is much more comfortable, and we have only had three significant delays since beginning operations in 2003. As with any flight, the weather is a critical component, even more in Antarctica.

Flying over the Drake to Antarctica does give you extra time to explore Chile and the beautiful Chilean Patagonia, including Torres del Paine National Park and Punta Arenas, a beautiful part of the world that beautifully complements any trip to Antarctica. Not to mention enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep and a delicious meal in Punta Arenas before flying out.

Each option involves a certain degree of uncertainty. But for sure, one option is more convenient than the other. Here are a few things to consider when weighing both options.

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Antarctica21's Air-Cruise Model

Antarctica21 is the world’s first Antarctic air-cruise and has led the way since 2003.

Antarctica21’s innovative approach offers wilderness adventures that combine a 2-hour flight from Punta Arenas, located in the Chilean Patagonia, to the Antarctic peninsula, where our expedition vessel waits for the travelers to embark on an incredible journey. With our air-cruise travel model to Antarctica, our guests enjoy a comfortable, quick, and intimate travel experience packed with adventure.

Antarctica21 is a boutique operator of small vessels. Our fleet includes Ocean Nova and Magellan Explorer, custom-built for Antarctic sailing. We carry no more than 75 guests per trip, allowing you to have an intimate experience where you can remember everyone’s name at the end of your voyage. Read more about the benefits of sailing on a small ship in Antarctica.

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How to Fly to Antarctica? Four Options to Fly & Cruise to Antarctica

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What kind of planes fly to Antarctica?

DAP Airlines, with over 25 years of experience flying in Antarctica and have been our partner since 2003, operates our direct flights to Antarctica

  1. These aircraft were manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace which later became part of BAE Systems.
  2. They are high-wing aircraft with short runway requirements, which means they are particularly suited for Antarctica.
  3. The planes we fly to Antarctica are the BAE 146-200, the AVRO RJ 85, and the AVRO RJ 100.

If you are looking for more convenience, you can also check out our Preferred Seating benefit here.

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Our Antarctica Flight Advantages

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Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

meaning we accommodate all our guests on a single flight to Antarctica.

Icon of Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

meaning we accommodate all our guests on a single flight to Antarctica.

Icon of Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

meaning we accommodate all our guests on a single flight to Antarctica.

Icon of Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

Antarctica21 specializes in small group expeditions

meaning we accommodate all our guests on a single flight to Antarctica.

Antarctica Flight FAQs

DAP Airlines, with over 25 years of experience flying in Antarctica and have been our partner since 2003, operates our direct flights to Antarctica

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Can Antarctica Flights Have Delays? FAQs

Yes, flight delays can happen like any other flight in the world. However, in Antarctica, Mother Nature rules and air-cruise operation is weather-dependent. We do everything in our power to ensure that your flight is on time.

Even though the odds of experiencing a delay are low, travelers must prepare for the possibility. Therefore, low clouds, fog, and heavy wind conditions at King George Island in Antarctica can cause delays. This rule applies to flights to Antarctica and flights back to South America.

Our passengers and crew’s safety is our number one priority on our flights and expedition cruises. Therefore we continuously monitor the weather and adjust our plans if needed.

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