I recently found myself forced to divert due to bad weather. My flight from Kemble to Truro for a business meeting was nearly called off when I decided to give St Mawgan a call. I passed my details as usual and requested a weather diversion. I was given a squak code and matz transit, and was asked to join right base for 31. The runway was suitable for most comercial and military traffic with ILS. Two Tornado aircraft departed after we cleared the runway. The southwest side of the field is Military and the Northeast side civilian. I was greeted by an handling van and operator from Midwest Executive. I winced at the thought of the bill for this one. The handling chap chocked her up and took my order to top up the tanks. Another brand new spacious van arrived to take us and our luggage to the terminal. Midwest Exec handle all inbound/outbound un-scheduled GA transfers on the field and have a small modern office and lounge in the commercial terminal. They were able to arrange transportation; taxi or hire car. They had full access to weather info online and shuttled us to /from the aircraft. And were extremely helpful even to the point of coming in early on Sunday morning so we could depart at the crack of dawn! Ah.. but at what cost? The landing fee was £15 there was a one off handling fee of £20 fuel was .92p/ltr and over night parking was £4.95 cheaper than the car park! Not cheap over all but a very pleasent and efficient way to fly to cornwall. In the end I was delayed for 2 days by the weather. So it was very reasuring to know the plane was safe and ready to go when the weather cleared. Thanks Andy!
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