Emirates Airlines planes parked at the Dubai International Airport. The carrier said it was denied necessary daily slots to make a route from Dubai to Mexico City feasible. EPA Emirates has scrapped plans for a route linking Dubai to Mexico via Spain after Mexican authorities denied it the necessary slots, blocking its access to the Latin American nation of more than 100 million.
The Dubai-based airline has withdrawn its application to operate daily flights from its Dubai hub to Mexico City via Barcelona after Mexican authorities granted Emirates permission for three weekly flights rather than the requested daily slots, it said in an emailed statement.
"This is not commercially viable for us given the resource investment required for such a long distance operation, not to mention the negative impact on connectivity and convenience for our customers," an Emirates spokeswoman said.
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____________The derailed plans come months after Aeromexico, Mexico’s largest airline, suspended its plans for a Mexico City-Barcelona route because Emirates was granted so-called fifth freedom rights to operate flights between Mexico and Spain.Emirates has long eyed Mexico City as an attractive new destination to add to its vast network as it shows growing interest in the Latin American market. The airline, which operates the industry’s biggest fleet of wide-bodies, already flies to more than 150 destinations with most of the world’s major population centres part of its network."Emirates has extended full flexibility in proposing an operating schedule that […]