Emirates revealed to Arabian Business that it has withdrawn its application to operate fifth freedom flights between Dubai, Madrid and Mexico City. The move comes after Mexico denied Emirates' application for a daily flight, however put forward an option for three weekly flights. Emirates says however, that three weekly flights "is not commercially viable". In a statement to Arabian Business, the airline said, “Emirates has extended full flexibility in proposing an operating schedule that utilised low demand slots at Mexico City International Airport. 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.” The spokesperson added that three flights a week “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.” The spokesperson noted, “This is hugely disappointing, as our teams have been working hard with various stakeholders to bring this service to fruition.” Emirates pointed out that the Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, had “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.” What do you think of the move? Was it the right one?
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