Emirates announces new service to Mexico City

An Emirates Boeing 777-200LR taking off at Los Angeles Airport. Photo: © BriYYZ

Emirates has announced a new daily route between its hub at Dubai International Airport and Mexico City with a stop at Barcelona El Prat Airport, starting in December 2019. Mexico City will become Emirates’ first destination in Mexico.

The new service will be operated by Boeing 777-200LR aircraft that feature a two-class configuration for 302 passengers. A total of ten Boeing 777-200LR jets are part of Emirates’ fleet, besides a large number of A380s and Boeing 777-300ER. The 777-200LR that will operate on the route to Mexico are newly-refurbished. Most of them were delivered between 2007 and 2009.

At the moment, the Dubai-based carrier offers two daily services from Dubai to Barcelona that are both operated by Airbus A380s. The airline’s new route from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona will be its third daily service between the Spanish city and Dubai.

Emirates SkyCargo has already been flying freighter aircraft to and from Mexico City since 2014. However, scheduled passenger flights were planned for many years but necessary fifth freedom rights and Mexico City’s geographic location made it complicated for Emirates to establish a new route: “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,” explained Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.

In addition to Emirates’ planned service between Barcelona and Mexico City, the Mexican flag-carrier Aeromexico started operations on the route in June 2019.