The Federal Government has announced it intends to construct a paved runway near Davis Research station.
Temperatures regularly drop below -40 degrees Celsius at Davis station during the winter. The runway will allow for more reliable access to Antarctica throughout the year, improving the ability to conduct scientific research and respond to emergencies.
It aims to establish a permanent link between Hobart and Antarctica, making Tasmania an attractive destination for Antarctic nations to base their operations.
The Federal Government said it is committed to best practice environmental stewardship, with the project subject to extensive environmental and other government approval processes.
Investigations into year-round aviation access started in 2016 as part of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.
The Federal Government has invested $10 million to scope options and undertake preliminary site investigations, with the cost of the runway to be determined through a business case.