Emirates drops plans to operate Dubai-Mexico flights

Airline said it will no longer be commercially viable to go ahead with the plan

Dubai: Emirates has dropped plans to operate flights between Dubai and Mexico City, the airline confirmed on Monday.

This is a sudden reversal of earlier announcements that the UAE-based carrier was looking forward to expanding its network in Latin America by launching a service between the two cities.

Emirates was supposed to fly from Dubai to Barcelona then to Mexico City. The opening of the new route was envisioned to benefit both consumers and businesses between the two cities.

In March this year, Spain approved Emirates’ Fifth Freedom flights to Mexico City from Barcelona, prompting another airliner to withdraw planned services on the same route.

However, Emirates said on Monday that it will no longer be commercially viable to go ahead with the plan, since it only managed to secure rights to operate three flights a week, not daily.

The airline said a thrice weekly service will not be good for the business, given the resource investment required for such a long-distance operation.“Emirates regrets to confirm that we have withdrawn our application to operate flights from Dubai to Mexico via an intermediate stop in Spain,” the airline said in a statement shared with Gulf News.“Emirates has extended full flexibility in proposing an operating schedule that utilises low demand slots at Mexico City International Airport. However, despite previous assurances that slots were not an issue at the flight timings requested, the Mexican authorities have informed us that we will not be […]

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