|Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 26):|
Why does it usually take so long for planes to depart again after diverting? Weather in AZ usually lasts less than an hour, but planes will stay in TUS for 2 or more hours. Is it because of the backlog of flights that have to be sorted through in PHX or another reason?
Yeah - plus remember that for every plane that diverts to TUS
, etc when there's a weather shutdown in PHX
, there's one in a holding pattern dipping into their reserve fuel. A larger portion of flights to PHX
(and I am thinking most west coast airports have this problem) are from destinations that are greater than 2 hours away and groundstops are not as effective as they are on the east coast. So not only do you have the diverted flights to land, but those who are holding, and also those that took off before the ground stop and arrived after the storm was finished. It can be a little busy...
On the note of Arizona Diversions - I remember a few years ago a summer thunderstorm not only caused a very long delay with some very severe winds. Not only were the usual diversion airports used (TUS
), but I also remember seeing flights diverted to INW
- Southwest landed at least 2 737s here), YUM
, and PRC
- yes, jets).
Has anyone seen/heard of this in recent years or know of any other small AZ
cities that have recieved jets diverted from PHX