He said: "DWC is the preferred diversion airfield for aircraft inbound to DXB in the event of a dense fog.
"If aircraft are inbound from far away and are still outside the UAE, they will be asked to divert farther away -- into Muscat, Bahrain or other airports, if the weather is not forecast to improve and/or diversion airfields in the UAE are full."
This meant Cyprus also did not object in 2015 when Britain offered France the use of Akrotiri for the refuelling of French fighters and serve as a reserve diversion airfield
for jets operating from a French aircraft carrier.
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
. Its motto is "In Adversis Perfugium" which was translated as "Refuge in Adversity".
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.
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.
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.
Simtra PathPlanner Turn+ was selected as the best available option." 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.