In preparation for possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin, the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport has set up emergency landing plans for nearby flights that can’t make it to their destination airport.
Even though the Twin Tiers is not expected to be impacted greatly, it is still necessary for plans to be in place at all times in case of an emergency landing. Coordinating with the FAA, the local airport is prepared to take diversions from other coastal airports if they have to close because of the storm. Director of Aviation of the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport Ann Crook said this means being prepared for more than just additional flights.
“It often means bigger aircrafts then we usually get, or different types of aircrafts,” said Crook. “People that are ending up here at the airport sometimes even in the Big Flats area over night that weren’t scheduled to do that.”
Compared to other airports, there is usually good weather here in the Twin Tiers, so it is actually common for this airport to take flights that can’t make it to their destination.