Story Added : 24th October 2012

January flights to Antarctica have been scrapped because Australia’s airstrip there is melting, causing havoc with our transport to the frozen continent.

The $46 million Antarctic air link opened four years ago with the expectation of 20 flights to the Wilkins runway near Casey Station each season.

But two years ago there were just two flights and last season there were four.

Australian Antarctic Division chief Tony Fleming said six flights were planned for the coming months, but there were no plans for flights in January because it will be too warm.

“Once it gets to above minus five degrees in the ice, then there are safety parameters which mean we can’t [land] aircraft on that,” he said.

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