Qantas CEO Likens Canberra Airport Operators To ‘Somali Pirates’

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is known for being an outspoken supporter of issues he is passionate about, whether it is standing up to union officials by grounding the entire Qantas fleet many years ago, or supporting marriage equality.

This time he’s fighting with the operators of the only airport in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Qantas is the airport’s biggest tenant. The war of words started a year ago, when a Qantas Boeing 737 flight from Auckland to Sydney diverted to Canberra, because of poor weather in Sydney. Once it landed, Canberra Airport operators apparently parked a car behind the plane and demanded that Qantas immediately pay AUD$18,000 by credit card as a diversion fee, before it would remove the car and allow the plane to move.