While some Antarctic stations have a permanent crew, for most people who visit the continent, whether as workers or tourists, travel starts in southern-hemisphere spring.

In what date range would summer workers normally travel to Antarctica? (I'm specifically interested in Showa Station, but also in answers for any of the other stations.)

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Exact times will vary by location and weather, but for most stations, the first flights in might be in mid- to late-October, and the last flights out in perhaps late March. Note that not all summer staff will travel down right at the start of the season - a lot of them will still be arriving into December.

Somewhere deep inland might have a somewhat shorter season - I think last flights out of Amundsen-Scott at the South Pole are usually end of February/start of March, for example.

Ship travel is a bit more unpredictable and would likely have a narrower window of start/end dates (the very last thing you want is a ship stuck at the end of the summer season).

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