FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANTARCTIC LOGISTICS & EXPEDITIONS UPDATE ON DELAY IN ANTARCTIC OPERATIONS
The ALE team is working hard to meet Chilean civil aviation regulatory requirements.
20 December 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah — Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) has been working closely with the Chilean General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to resolve the regulatory compliance issues they have identified. The issue relates to documentation for a DGAC Resolution concerning foreign registered aircraft which became operative recently but has been back-dated to January 1st 2019. The issue is not linked to our actual Antarctic operations or to our aircraft safety or serviceability.
ALE is working quickly to resolve this issue with the Chilean authorities and, simultaneously, has been investigating other alternatives to bring our operations back on schedule.
Our first priority, as always, is to focus on our guests, staff and sub-contractors currently in Antarctica. We are well resourced at all our camps in Antarctica and our people there are all safe and secure, and have been made aware of this delay. Extra services and facilities have been extended to our guests in Antarctica and to those in Punta Arenas, who are waiting to fly to Antarctica. We have extended the means for them to contact their families at home.
We are keeping our guests and staff fully informed as to when we will operate the next flight to Antarctica and will continue to provide prompt updates to all travelers.
The next update will be issued at 0900 MST on 21 December 2019 and will be available on the ALE website at www.antarctic-logistics.com. We appreciate the patience of our guests and agents and will be back on schedule as soon as we possibly can.
About Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions: ALE is the main company providing air and ground logistics for government research, private expeditions and tours travelling to the interior of Antarctica. ALE operates scheduled inter-continental flights to Antarctica from Chile each year via commercially-chartered jet aircraft. These flights land on a DGAC-certified runway in the Ellsworth Mountains which is part of the Chilean Airports and Aerodromes System. A US-authorized company, ALE is committed to the safety of its passengers, aircrew, staff and the Antarctic environment. The company’s history stems back over 30 years.
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