Atlwarrior wrote:Forgive my ignorance, but besides available space, timing, fuel, etc. What others factors goes into which airport receives a diversion? I was impress at the number of diversions BWI received yesterday.
a/c dxer wrote:First off you want to try to divert to the closes airport to the destination. That gives the airline and passengers options.
Weather- optimal you want to divert on the backside of the wx but like last night that wasn't a option coming from the southeast. So bwi and iad got the brunt of the diversion.
Passenger and airplane handling is another big concern. But iad and bwi git saturated so after awhile they werent options and flight had to go to RIC and orf.
If international have to make sure the airport has customs. Nothing worse than diverting a flight and nobody can get off the plane.
Those are the big factors besides runway and terminal facility have to watch the big planes no jet bridges or airstairs is other issues. Runway certain airport runways can't handle big planes.
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