Ops Differences between Airlines as regards weather minima
I was at LOWI last week and surprised to see how, over a timespan of about 2 hours with weather conditions hardly changing (about BKN005, OVC012, RVR about 3 miles), some airlines diverted to EDDM, while others neatly came down and departed again.
Easyjet - EDDM
Air Berlin - EDDM
BA - EDDM
Transavia - all fine
Austrian - all fine
Two questions spring to mind:
1) Are ops procedures for airlines that different ? I know that LOWI has a weird approach and you need Austrocontrol authorization to have your minima lowered, but I would imagine that every major airline that regularly flies into LOWI would do the effort to obtain this...
2) Would it make sense for airlines that operate on lower minima to advertise their "skill" so that passengers are aware they have a lower chance of having their flight cancelled or having to sit on a 3 hour busride ?
Any thoughts are welcome.