Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3545 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3749 times:
The only reason I can think of is that Wake Island was slammed by Super Typhoon Ioke back in August, which extensively damaged most of the facilities. Before that, it was closed due to repaving of the runways.
Quote: A0097/06 - AERODROME WAKE ISLAND IS CURRENTLY CLSD TO ALL ACFT EXCEPT APPROVED FLIGHTS AND AMC CHANNEL MISSIONS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING RECONSTITUTION EFFORTS. WAKE ISLAND SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR ETOPS PLANNING OR AS AN ALTN AIRFIELD. CONTACT AFLD MGR AT DSN 315-424-2316 OR COML 808-424-2316 FOR RECONSTITUTION FLT APPROVAL AND FURTHER INFO. AFLD HOURS FOR FLIGHTS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING RECONSTITUTION EFFORTS ARE MON-FRI 2000-0400 UTC. WIE UNTIL UFN SEE TEXT
I can't speak about the other islands, but when I was jumpseating on a CO 777 NRT-IAH, the captain had diverted the 777 to Midway a few years ago. So, that should be good...at least to a few years ago.