Cancun, Q.R. — The president of Emirates Airlines, Tim Clark, says the company expects to obtain time slots at the International Airport of Mexico City this year, which will allow them to offer flights into Cancun.
Depending on the time slot, the flights will be Barcelona-Mexico City-Cancun with a Boring 77. He explained that due to other airline routes, they are not able to offer direct flights into Cancun.
Part of the issue lies in possible legal action from Aeromexico who are against the airline being able to offer flights into Mexico City and Cancun that will connect in Barcelona. The Mexican airline says if allowed, it will create equitable competition.
Clark says he remains unaware of the details of the situation, however Andrés Conesa, director or Aeromexico, says they will take legal action against Emirates due to the inequitable competition with a company that receives subsidies and for the damages that this operation could generate.
Aeroméxico announced the indefinite suspension of the Mexico City-Barcelona route that would begin in November. United Arab Emirates was granted fifth freedoms that allow it to offer flights between Mexico and Spain. The fifth freedom refers to the authorization to an airline that leaves one city and arrives at another, picks up passengers then continues its flight to a third country.
Mexico and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement that was made official in 2015, granting them fifth freedom rights, however, Aeromexico says they will use everything at their disposal to fight the new route.