Emirates scraps plans for Dubai-Spain-Mexico route

Emirates scraps plans for Dubai-Spain-Mexico route

Emirates airline said Mexican authorities’ decision to only allow three flights a week makes the route not commercially viable Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto invited Emirates to operate this route and open new air links to connect Mexico to the Middle East, as well as key economic markets in Africa and Asia. Emirates has withdrawn its application to operate flights from Dubai to Mexico through an intermediate stop in Spain, an airline spokesperson confirmed to Arabian Business .

In May, Mexican airline Aeromexico’s CEO, Andres Conesa, said it was looking into ways to legally prevent Emirates from launching any “fifth freedom” flights to Mexico through a third country, saying that such a flight would endanger Mexican jobs.

Conesa’s comments came just weeks after Aeromexico announced it was scrapping plans for its own Barcelona-Mexico flights, citing the “unfair” approval of a fifth freedom flight for Emirates by Spanish authorities in March.

An Emirates spokesperson said that plans for its Dubai-Mexico route have been cancelled because of a decision by Mexican authorities to only allow three flights each week.

“Emirates has extended full flexibility in proposing an operating schedule that utilised low demand slots at Mexico City International Airport,” the spokesperson said in a statement sent to Arabian Business .

“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 able to operate daily services, but only three flights a week.” Emirates invited

The spokesperson added that three weekly […]

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