Major carrier Emirates says it will not comply with a demand from Heathrow airport to stop selling tickets after the airport said it needed to reduce the number of passengers passing through its terminals.
Emirates slams Heathrow Airport’s order to cut flights
Mideast carrier Emirates has rejected a demand by London’s Heathrow Airport for airlines to cut summer flights in a bid to ease travel disruptions, calling it an “entirely unreasonable and unacceptable” move that shows “blatant disregard for customers.”
In a blistering statement, the airline lashed into Heathrow’s management, accusing it of “incompetence” for not being ready to deal with the “super peak period” for travel.
Emirates, one of the world’s biggest airlines, was firing back a day after Heathrow announced it was capping daily passenger numbers at 100,000 and telling airlines to stop selling tickets as it seeks to quell travel chaos caused by soaring travel demand and staff shortages.
Airlines have already slashed thousands of flights from their summer schedules after UK aviation authorities said they wouldn’t be punished for not using valuable takeoff and landing slots in a bid to prevent last-minute cancellations.