Although the airport is not known to suffer frequent bad weather, when conditions are below the required operating limits the nearest diversion airfield
for widebody airliners is hundreds of miles away.
As an act of solidarity with the French Armed Forces, Prime Minister David Cameron has offered President Francois Hollande the use of RAF Akrotiri in support of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle as an emergency diversion airfield
For BIA Colombo the nominated diversion airfield
is Chennai for all inbound international flights.
Still an all-weather diversion airfield
, both military and civil.
The design incorporated the Welsh dragon holding a portcullis, the latter indicating the ever open gates which Valley may claim to have maintained during its long period as a master diversion airfield
After two goes, you normally try to go to your designated diversion airfield
It is also a coastal major diversion airfield
which has more than its fair share of sea birds, which are dispersed regularly when the squadrons are flying.
One minor problem that had been suffered throughout its history was that when the winter conditions had produced thick fog, the nearest commercial diversion airfield
was about 140 miles (225km) away.
MedLink also is able to identify diversion airfields
where there are appropriate medical facilities.
Shortly before BA's first A380 passenger flights were launched, the aircraft was taken on a minitour of relatively 'local' airports that will either host, or potentially act as diversion airfields
for BA's A380s in the future.