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.
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?