The closure of LIM airport has resulted in the following diversions:
- AA A321N from MIA to PTY
- KL B77W from AMS to PTY
- H2 A320N from SCL to SCL
- AV A319 from BOG to BOG
- PU A343 from MAD to IQT
- LA A320 from SCL to AQP
- CM B738 from PTY to PIO
- IB A359 from MAD to BOG
- AF A359 from CDG to PTY
- UA B752 from EWR to EWRhttps://www.flightradar24.com/data/flig ... 6#2e4246db
Why did so many diversions go to PTY? Were CLO or GYE not available?
Air France flies to PTY. The airplane is still there, so having ground staff to assist passengers is better.
KLM May have chosen to go to PTY as well since their ground staff would already be helping Air France passengers.
Airlines like American, Air France and KLM have lists of diversion airports and what support is available. If a pilot has to go to the nearest suitable alternate for an emergency then the airlines has contacts for what to do. The airline also has preferred alternates. Long haul flights dispatch with an alternate which is typically for weather situations. It’s possible that AF/KL may have GYE as a listed alternate but chose PTY instead since they knew Lima wasn’t opening back up and it had better available ground support
1. The AF/KL decision to divert to PTY will most likely have been taken by the Flight Control Centres in AMS/CDG and not by the pilots.
2. The FCC's will have known about the LIM crash very quickly through local LIM staff and the available 24 hour news channels, so probably before the pilots were informed by ATC.
3. The KL B77W was just over the Brazilian/Colombian border, when it diverted, the AFB772 was about 20 minutes ahead of the KL over Colombia when it turned.
4. The FCC most likely called the KL/AF flights to inform them of the LIM crash and the need to divert to PTY, rather than the closer KL/AF stations at BOG, UIO or GYE.
5. When the diverted AF and KL aircraft arrived in PTY, the scheduled AF and KLM PTY flights were both on ground as well, so 4x AF/KL aircraft at PTY simultaneously (AF B772/A359 and KLB781/B77W).
6. KLM decided to move the diverted B77W from PTY to SJO after 1,5 hours possibly due to overcrowding at PTY.
7. The KL B77W is still in SJO at present, while the AF A359 is still in PTY. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ph-bvvhttps://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/f-htyd