maps4ltd wrote:As a string of thunderstorms pushed through Denver today, I saw Southwest and Delta planes divert to Pueblo (PUB), a city that neither airline currently serves. It reminded me of another instance a few days ago when a United 737 diverted to Rockford (RFD) after it couldn't land at ORD. So how common are these diversions to cities not served by the airline? Why divert there instead of a station the airline uses? I'm talking specifically about weather diversions, not cases where a transpacific flight needs to land at the nearest airport because of an onboard emergency or something.
mls515 wrote:I diverted to KPUB in 2011 in an EMB-145. At the time, Great Lakes had a station there so they handled us and they even had a set of stairs for the -145. We didn't have an alternate, didn't need one technically but we started working it out when the thunderstorms popped up and we could see the need to divert coming well before we reached our bingo fuel. The best part was we were the first in there so we got stairs, got our pax off and TSA re-screened while the other diverts just had to sit there. I remember at least one E170, one SWA, one Frontier, maybe a mainline UAL and a couple other RJs ended up in KPUB after us. In addition to Great Lakes, the FBO there, Flower Aviation or something like that was handling the diversions as well. When KDEN opened back up we were the first out of there. When the storms popped up they took away KCOS as an option. If Pueblo hadn't worked out we were also looking at Alamosa.
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