Julesmusician From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3575 times:
When a major airport is closed following an incident are airline captains already prebriefed in their notes as to where they will have to go in the event they cannot land at their original destination, or will it be for Air Traffic to direct each incoming aircraft to a chosen airport by them rather than the pilot?
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3562 times:
ATC has no say in where you divert. In a case where you have plenty of time, you'd coordinate with dispatch to see what is the best alternate. If you're close in to your destination, then you'd divert to your filed alternates.
Cruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
When AF358 crashed at Toronto, the airport closed down for a few hours. When it was reopened, I heard on ATClive.net that they were allowing planes to land, but warned them that no emergency services would be available if they were to land. Most pilots told ATC that they would have to contact their insurance companies to see if they were able to land.
When the airport was closed, ATC helped planes divert to Ottawa, Buffalo, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Montreal, etc. From all accounts, it sounded as though NavCAN was helping pilots to choose the optimal airport to land at based on their destination, current location, and such.
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Julesmusician From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
I know that pilots can decide which airport to go to in normal circumstances where they might be the only aircraft diverting due to low fuel or another problem, but I thought when hundreds of aircraft are due over several hours Air Traffic Control would insist that aircraft divert to airports of their choice so the other airports would not get overcrowded just because they happened to be the closest, but it appears not so?