Emirates Airlines has unveiled plans to launch a new daily service that travel from Dubai International to Mexico City International Airport via Barcelona.
Set to kick off from 9 December 2019, the new route will be operated by a two-class Emirates Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class.
Additionally, the 777 flight will offer up to 14 tonnes of cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Mexican exports such as avocados, berries, mangoes, automotive parts and medical supplies.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “We are excited to be able to introduce new air connectivity between Dubai and Mexico. The availability of high-quality, daily international air services is essential for the development of tourism, business and cultural ties.
“Trade, especially in high-value and time-sensitive products, will be facilitated by the ample cargo capacity on Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft. We also expect tourism to receive a major boost from the daily flights on our newly-refurbished Boeing 777-200LR.”
Sir Tim added: “Due to the high altitude of Mexico City airport, it is not possible to operate a non-stop flight from Dubai, and Barcelona was a natural choice for a stopover. We are pleased to offer a direct connection on the route between the Spanish city and Mexico City that has long been neglected by other airlines and remains underserved despite the strong customer demand. We would like to thank the authorities and our partners in both Spain and Mexico for their support of the new route and look forward to providing our unique product and award-winning service to travellers.”
In addition to serving as the first destination in Mexico to be served by the airline, the new service to Mexico City is also expected to draw interest for Mexican travellers eyeing Dubai as a destination. According to the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), in the first five months of 2019 alone, the number of Mexican visitors travelling to Dubai has increased by 32% as compared to the same period last year.
Commenting on the new service, Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, said: “Mexico supports the launch of the long-awaited flight Dubai-Barcelona-Mexico City, which response to Mexico’s Government tourism policy towards opening new markets and strengthening connectivity between the Middle East and Mexico. We are eager to receive tourists from this part of the world.”