Simple Flying - Jake Hardiman
The UAE flag carrier's relationship with the UK's busiest airport has become somewhat tense in recent months.
The spark that ignited the fire in terms of Clark's latest comments appears to have been the suggestion that Heathrow's capacity caps may return at a later date. Indeed, as it stands, these daily limits, imposed to combat disruption caused by factors such as understaffing, are set to be lifted just before the end of the month.
This should have been a welcome relief for Clark, given Emirates' reliance on Heathrow as a destination from its Dubai International (DXB) hub. However, according to the Sunday Times, the airport's CEO, John Holland-Kaye, has suggested that the cap may return later in the year, in order to prevent disruption over the Christmas period. This seems to have been the last straw for Clark, who stated:
"That’s inexcusable. Anybody who says anything like that is the wrong guy for the job."