Lindner Depa Interiors (LDI) has expressed its disappointment at media reports that Qatar Airways will be filing a USD 600 million legal claim against it for causing a delay in the opening of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) project.
The German-Emirati joint venture construction firm has accused Qatari airline of making a “false and misleading representation of the facts”. Rebutting the claims made against it, LDI has issued a statement denying its operational inefficiency in executing the contract. The firm is now seeking the help of legal counsel to determine the future course of action as the claims by Qatar Airways may cause damage to its reputation.
LDI has also claimed that it never entered into a contract or relationship with Qatar Airways, and so far has not received any formal legal claim from the airline. The firm has stated that was contracted to work for NDIA, with whom it is currently in arbitration proceedings.
According to the statement, “LDI was denied full access to the project site for the first nine months of the 16-month project. This delay, combined with NDIA’s refusal to pay acceleration costs recommended by its own management consultancy, meant LDI was unable to start all interior contracting work on site as planned. As a result, LDI was unable to meet its original contract completion date”.
Qatar Airways, operator of the NDIA, had accused LDI of not honoring its contract and causing a delay in the new USD 15.5 billion airport by up to a year. The airline has severely criticized LDI’s handling of the project terming it “extremely poorly” due to which construction targets could not be achieved. The new airport is viewed as central to the expansion plans of the airline and could potentially result in heavy revenue losses, higher construction costs, delay penalties and inconvenience to passengers.