I am going to tell you my own history:
I live in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, airport BSB
. Until some years ago most people didn't even know this city existed and thought Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro was the capital. Likewise, we didn't have international flights. None. Every time we thought about going to the US or Europe or even south america, we had to go to GRU
, or at least POA
depending on the destination. Well, the fastest connections in those places take 2 hours if you are just another Joe Public. A diversion for fuel takes 1 hour, 1h30 mins max, probably faster. So, looking at the times, you still have an advantage.
Even with the time advantage, when making a connection you need to get off the plane, often go trough customs, your luggage goes off the plane and travels inside the whole airport (this may be risky depending on the place), and you risk losing your flights. On a fuel diversion, none of this happens. You just land, wait some time and then you are good to go. Much better.
In my city, the 757 opened many routes to the US that wouldn't be possible without it. This route isn't as much affected by winds as the transatlantic ones, but I praise the 757 everyday I enter the airport because if it wasn't for this plane, our city would still be just another point in the world, even with diversions. Thanks to this superb plane and its capabilities, tourism has improved a hell of a lot here and some airlines are up gauging their flights, so, may I tell every 757 basher: God bless the 757.