Emirates, the world’s biggest international airline is concerned that WA is missing out on tourism and business opportunities simply because Perth Airport cannot meet the demand due to the lack of infrastructure. Emirates President, Tim Clark said about the promised aerobridge complex to accommodate A380-jumbos being put back five months is untimely news for Perth Airport, Perth City and Emirates.
Perth and WA are like the Klondike with many people from all over the world wanting a part of this fantastic opportunity. Getting the airport in a position to accommodate this demand as soon as possible is critical. – Tim Clark
Perth Airport’s International Terminal has only one boarding bridge per plane when the A380-jumbo needs at least two and ideally three bridges. Emirates will now be forced to push back the introduction of it’s 517-seater Airbus A380 on one of it’s three daily services by five months.
In July, Perth Airport CEO, Brad Geatches stated that the airport was to deliver the aerobridge “within twelve months”. It’s been clarified by an airport spokesman which said on Friday that the time-frame was only an estimate and that it will not be ready until November next year.
Emirates will now lose the peak-season of travelling on the A380 usually between June and October. Demand for the A380 on the Perth route has risen significantly since the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission gave conditional approval to Emirates’ alliance with Qantas from April next year. Emirates’ A380 has 14 first-class suites, 76 business class beds plus a big bar and 427 economy seats.