Argentina plans to organize tourist air tours to Antarctica beginning 2018, with the government's airline, LADE, according to official sources from the Tourism and Defense ministries.
To promote such commercial flights the Defense ministry will mount this coming summer in the Marambio Antarctic base a medium range radar, together with other electronic systems to ensure air navigability. The project also contemplates extending the landing strip to 1.600 meters.
Once the strip at the base is fully equipped the plan is to begin in 2018 tourist flights with LADE, the Argentine Air Force airline which operates commercially in mainland Argentina.
With this purpose the Argentine government is planning to provide LADE with turbo prop aircraft. Options mentioned are the ATR-72 and the Bombardier Q-400.
Marambio, is Argentina's main scientific and research base in Antarctica, operational the whole year and managed by the Argentine Air Force.