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Concordia Skiway

Most of the cargo is moved to Dome C by traverse from Dumont d'Urville Station, covering 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) in 7 to 12 days depending on weather conditions. Concordia Station personnel and light cargo arrive by air, landing on a Concordia Skiway, using the Twin Otters or Basler BT-67 flying from DDU or Zucchelli Station at 1,200 kilometres (750 mi).

Concordia Skiway
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: AT03
Airport typePrivate
OperatorNational Antarctic Research Program
Location Antarctic Plateau
Time zone (UTC+8)
Elevation AMSL 10,725 ft / 3,269 m
Coordinates 75°06′12″S 123°21′30″E
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 4,910 1,497 Ice

Location of Concordia Skiway in Antarctica

Location of Concordia Skiway in Antarctica

The last take-off in February 2015

Concordia research base in the Antarctic is a place of extremes. During summer, aircraft take off on an almost daily basis. Concordia is a hubbub of activity as researchers from disciplines as diverse as astronomy, seismology, human physiology and glaciology descend to work in this unique location. For the rest of the year, around 14 crewmembers remain to keep the station running during the cold, dark winter months. ESA sponsors a research medical doctor in Concordia to study the effects of living in isolation. The extreme cold, sensory deprivation and remoteness make living in Concordia similar to living on another planet. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Concordia Research Station, which opened in 2005, is a French–Italian research facility that was built 3,233 m (10,607 ft) above sea level at a location called Dome C on the Antarctic Plateau, Antarctica. It is located 1,100 km (680 mi) inland from the French research station at Dumont D'Urville, 1,100 km (680 mi) inland from Australia's Casey Station and 1,200 km (750 mi) inland from the Italian Zucchelli Station at Terra Nova Bay. Russia's Vostok Station is 560 km (350 mi) away. The Geographic South Pole is 1,670 km (1,040 mi) away. The facility is also located within Australia's claim on Antarctica, the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Concordia Station is the third permanent, all-year research station on the Antarctic Plateau besides Vostok Station (Russian) and the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station (U.S.) at the Geographic South Pole. It is jointly operated by scientists from France and Italy and regularly hosts ESA scientists.

Concordia Research Station at Dome Circe, Charlie or Concordia. Photo by Stephen Hudson.

Concordia Research Station at Dome Circe, Charlie or Concordia. Photo by Stephen Hudson.

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