# Why did this aircraft take off in the opposite direction compared to the one used by other flights right before/after it?

I recently took a weekend trip to Naples and went to admire the city from above at the Certosa di San Martino panoramic viewpoint which, it turned out, was also offering a distant view at NAP operations that morning (June 15, 2019, around 12PM CEST). After taking a few pictures I couldn't help but spending a good 15 minutes tracking a few landings and departures with the FlightRadar app.

Runway 24 was in use at that time, except for a single departure in that timeframe which used runway 6.

Is this a common scenario - i.e. a single aircraft taking off from the runway opposite to the one currently in use?

I know the general factors taken into account when determining in which direction a runway is used, but what could be the reasons behind such a sudden and isolate (takeoffs and landings just 3 minutes before/after used runway 24) change in the airport operations?

The aircraft in question left NAP with more than 1 hour delay, leading me to think that it could have been pilot's request to spare a few minutes: probably positioning for 6 was faster from their gate?

• can confirm. this is the METAR at the time: SA 15/06/2019 12:20-> METAR LIRN 151220Z 20006KT 170V240 CAVOK 31/18 Q1015 NOSIG= SA 15/06/2019 11:50-> METAR LIRN 151150Z 20007KT 170V240 CAVOK 30/19 Q1015 NOSIG= – Federico Jun 18 '19 at 10:46