Published on : Monday, June 6, 2016
It was a difficult day for Qatar Airways at the Atlanta Airport. The Super Jumbo Airbus A380 Qatar Airways flew 7,400 miles from Doha with 500 passengers was caught in a minor disagreement and caused an inconvenient landing owing to airline wars.
Where Atlanta airport is the busiest airport with seven courses and 200 gates there was no space provided by the airport for the Qatar Airways Jumbo passenger flight. Passengers had to deplane via mobile stairs and shuttle buses.
The Atlanta airport, the world’s largest airport has only one gate that can accommodate the A380. But the airport and the resident hub carrier Delta Air Lines said that the gate could not be made available. The battle between Delta Airline and the Qatar Airways on Open Skies agreement surfaced where the debate on alleged government subsidiaries on foreign airlines has been a bone of contention for the American carriers.
But the disagreement of the carriers had to be borne by the passengers who didn’t know whom to blame, the carrier or the airport authorities. The airport and Delta blamed the super Jumbo for not informing the airport on time that they were sending their super Jumbo so that they could make the required arrangements.
However Delta claimed in a written statement that,””Despite limited time to solve for the request, Delta offered solutions to allow Qatar to use the gates while ensuring our own schedule remained accommodated during a heavy traffic period at the international terminal.”
The Qatar Airways’ vice president for the Americas said that a lead time was given that the Jumbo flight would be there. They also did not comment on Delta’s intent of purposely not allowing the Qatar Jumbo Flight to land saying that they do not finger point. The crew had to disembark the double-decker jet in 45 minutes which included disabled travellers. Although that’s much longer than it usually takes to deplane via a jetway said Gunter Saurwein, Qatar Airways’ vice president for the Americas. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said he’d launched the Atlanta route “to rub salt into the wounds of Delta.” Later the outbound A380 flight experienced a two hour delay due to the same gate issues.