Why There Are Almost No Transoceanic Flights In The Southern Hemisphere
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January 12, 2020 - by Alberto Riva for thepointsguy.com
Look at this map of world air traffic, taken this week from flight-tracking site FlightRadar24.
While the skies over the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are buzzing with aircraft, and busy air corridors link Latin America, Australia and Africa to points north, the Southern Hemisphere is pretty much a desert. Almost nobody is seen flying between the Earth's southern continents.
But why is intercontinental air traffic within the Southern Hemisphere so thin?
The great circle distance between Buenos Aires and Perth is 7,800 miles. Long, but an easy hop for the Boeing 787-9, the longest-range aircraft in Norwegian's fleet, and way shorter than Perth to London, which Qantas flies regularly with the same airplane.
The real challenge on the route, which would pass right over the South Pole, isn't the distance, but...