PWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1416 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2834 times:
For those here in Maine and New England, who care, we saw some uncommon diversions here in Maine yesterday due to the storm in the Northeast. I've never seen so many diversions to Maine during storms previous!
CO 382 IAH-BOS-737-7 diverted to PWM, departed for BOS a short time later before diverting a second time to BGR where it appears to remain as of 06:00Z this morning.
B6 1294 PIT-BOS -E190 diverts to PWM
B6 1264 AUS-BOS-E190 diverts to PWM
B6 482 LGB-BOS-A320 diverts to PWM
ICE 631 KEF-BOS-757-2
EIN 133 SNN-BOS- A333
AF 332 CDG-BOS-747-400, later departed for BOS and was again diverted, this time to YUL.
DL 1642 ATL-BOS- 757-later departed for BOS, attempted approach and looks as if it went to IAD.
AA 2276 ORD-BOS-MD-82, diverted to BGR, and then returned to ORD
And while not a diversion, nonetheless noteworthy, BGR also saw an AN-124 routed JAX-BGR-Tenerife yesterday
...Yes, we're from Maine, yes, we have running water.
PWM also saw 3 Air Wisconsin CRJs that were destined to PHL yesterday. (nothing all that interesting, but a non scheduled stop nonetheless.)
All of the international flights that wound up in Maine ended up at BGR, and they handle international diversions all the time. I would assume (don't know for sure though) that they just pulled into the international terminal and were cleared through customs. Diversions like that aren't all that uncommon for BGR, so they must have a system in place.
PWM is capable of handling international passengers, but they don't have a large scale operation by any means. There is a small customs/immigration building located on the opposite side of the field from the terminal. They don't work with more than private jets and the occasional charter, but there are still people there if they are truly needed.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
I had to designate BGR as an alternate for one of my airborne flights into the NE yesterday, since his original alternate had cratered and BGR was the only thing legal I could name with the fuel I had onboard. He landed at his destination OK, so I didn't have to go to BGR, but if I had, a quick turnaround would have been needed since the whole storm system was headed towards BGR, and it too would soon get clobbered. I ended up using CMH and RDU as alternates the rest of the night...