LONDON – Emirates will be dropping its plans to operate flights between Dubai (DXB) and Mexico City (MEX).
For the carrier’s Latin American strategy, this is a significant shift in its investment after officials expressed excitement over linking the two cities via a stop in Barcelona (BCN).
The Fifth Freedom flights had originally been approved by the Spanish government, which would grant the Emirati carrier a Dubai-Barcelona-Mexico City link.
Currently, Emirates flies to Chile, Brazil, and Argentina in Latin America. Mexico City would have been its fourth destination in this region of the globe. PHOTO: Emirates. Emirates now claims that the route will no longer be commercially viable, as the agreement only managed to secure three weekly flights and not daily operations.
“Emirates regrets to confirm that we have withdrawn our application to operate flights from Dubai to Mexico via an intermediate stop in Spain,” said the airline in a public statement.
The Dubai-based carrier added that even though they had been notified that slots were not an issue at the flight timings requested, “the Mexican authorities have informed us that we will not be able to operate daily services, but only three flights a week.”
The cancelation of Emirates proposed route unfolded after Aeromexico axed its MEX-BCN service plans, citing that the entry of Emirates into this particular market was unfair and predatory. The Mexican airline’s CEO, Andres Conesa, said in May that he was looking for legal actions against Emirates’ new Fifth Freedom Award on this route, as the awarding of such privilege […]