Requirements for En Route Alternate Airports

All operators must have a sufficient set of en route alternate airports

Key Airport Provisions

Must be certificated under FAR Part 139, or meet equivalent criteria if outside FAA jurisdiction

Must be suitable to safely operate the aircraft, i.e., runway of sufficient length, width and strength (ref FAR Part 121)

Must have minimum of ARFF Index A (FAA) or Category 4 (ICAO) response capability within 30 minutes

Must have field reporting conditions (NOTAMS), Hourly weather reporting (METARS) and an instrument approach other than GPS

Airport must be available but does not need to be continuously open (plan in place to reopen key airport services in case of aircraft emergency)

Each airline makes its own airport assessment based on their operational needs, aircraft type, flight planning requirements, and other factors.