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DAP Antarctic Airways projects over 150 flights to Antarctica this coming southern summer

DAP Antarctic Airways (Punta Arenas, Chile) has made this announcement:
DAP projects more than 150 flights to Antarctica in the coming summer season:
An increase of around 30% of its tourism and logistics activity in Antarctica, plans for the 2022-23 season the Chilean company DAP, the world’s leading air operator on the white continent. To date, more than 150 Antarctic flights are projected from mid-November 2022, allowing us to resume (and even exceed) pre-pandemic levels of operation.
In its nearly 42-year history, the Chilean company (headquartered in Punta Arenas), has been conducting 33 years of flights to Antarctica. In the season (November to March) DAP operates mainly three types of Antarctic flights: charter aircraft (transfer of passengers by plane to the frozen continent, where they board an expedition vessel), logistics and prog support Antarctic lovers from different countries, and aeromedical evacuations from Antarctica to Punta Sands.
During the next season, DAP hopes to regain the growth track of Antarctic operations, which were interrupted by the pandemic, and which began to resume just last summer 2021-22) with an activity that, in to second case, it was only about 30-35% of a regular season.
Nicolas Paulsen, DAP Charter Manager, said this increase in activities is in response to accumulated interests and needs from operating in Antarctica, sharply down due to the pandemic. “And now everything starts to resume, mainly because of the good vaccination levels,” he emphasized.
Paulsen stressed that the Magellan-Antarctica air bridge offered by DAP is not only a regional asset, but also national and international. “This overhead bridge is used by Antarctic logistics and Antarctic programs from different countries. This connection implies not only comparative advantages for Chile, but also competitive, as the volume of operations translates into economic feasibility for many countries,” he explained, adding that as this air bridge consolidates furthermore, it will continue to provide solutions to the private and public industries since Chile, “always taking care of the environment as one of the main focus”.
DAP transports to Antarctica in a normal season about 6 thousand passengers, 4 thousand of them on air cruises. Of the latter, a large percentage previously allows at least one night in Punta Arenas, positively impacting local tourism activity.
The flights are to be operated by BAe146/Avro RJ jetliners, continuing the operations between Punta Arenas-Carlos Ibáñez del Campo airport (PUQ/SCCI) to Teniente Marsh airfield on King George Island, South Shetlands archipelago (TNM/SCRM).
February 12, 1989 is a very significant date for DAP.. That day the first flight to Antarctica took place. It was an air-medical transfer. However, the first commercial trip would take place four months later, after several attempts, on June 5, 1989.
Antarctic flights were developed with the Twin Otter until the mid-90s when it was replaced by the King Air 100. Later in 2003, it would be joined by a Dash 7 aircraft needed to meet the demand for more passengers. Then, in 2007, the first BAe 146-200 quadreactor (for 96 passengers) was incorporated into the Antarctic route.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Antarctic Airways unveils its new penguin special livery


DAP Antarctic Airways (Aerovias DAP) has unveiled its first aircraft wearing a special livery.

The pictured DAP Antarctic Airways BAe 146-200 CC-CZP (msn E2042) is painted in a  special “el pinguino” (the penguin) livery.

CC-CZP is seen at the Punta Arenas Airport (SCCI/PUQ) base in southern Chile. The airliner performed its first flight to Antarctica today (December 13, 2016).

Photo: Aerovias DAP.


DAP Mineral Airways starts operations in northern Chile

DAP Mineral Airways (the mining-related division of Aerovías DAP)  has begun using BAe (Avro) RJ85 OY-RCE (msn E2233) on January 10 2013 from Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands). The aircraft has small Mineral Airways titles on the left front fuselage. The airline is operating from Santiago (SCL) to the Ricardo García Posada airfield of El Salvador in the northern part of Chile (SCES) as flight DAP 442.

OY-RCE made a test and certification flight on January 9 from SCL. The jetliner arrived in Chile on December 31 2012. The other two BAe 146-200 aircraft of Aerovias DAP are based in Punta Arenas (CC-CZP and CC-ACO), operating to Antarctica as DAP Antarctic Airways (Antarctica).
Aerovías DAP (Las Aerolíneas de la Patagonia) is based in Punta Arenas, in southern Chile.
Aerovias DAP logo
Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Pictured arriving at Santiago, Chile on January 10, 2013 is Atlantic Airways’ RJ85 OY-RCE about to land on runway 17L. OY-RCE is operating for the new DAP Mineral Airways arriving from El Salvador, Chile (SCES), as flight DAP 443. OY-RCE does not have the Mineral Airways titles on the right side of the fuselage.
Bottom Copyright Photos and Maps: Aerovias DAP.
Aerovias DAP Antartica RJ85 (Aerovias DAP)(LR)
The two BAe 146-200s now carry Antarctic Airways titles.
DAP Antarctic Airways (titles)(Aerovias DAP)(LR)
Local Aerovias DAP routes in southern Chile:
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Charter flights to Antarctica as DAP Antarctic Airways (now with titles):
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