Emirates is planning to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona starting 9 December.
The new route will be operated by a two-class Boeing 777-200LR, with 38 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration in Business Class and 264 in Economy.
Flight EK255 will depart Dubai at 0330, arriving in Barcelona at 0800 local time before departing again at 0955 and landing in Mexico City at 1615 local time the same day. The return service EK256 takes off at 1940, with a stop in Barcelona at 1325 the following day, then leaving at 1510 and arriving in Dubai at 0045 local time the following day.
The announcement marks Emirates’ first destination in Mexico, with Mexico City being a popular destination for both business and leisure travellers. The airline says Dubai is also becoming increasingly popular among Mexican passengers, with visitor numbers from the country growing by 32 per cent in the first five months of 2019.
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.
“Due to the 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.”
Miguel Torruco Marques, Mexico’s minister of tourism, added: “Mexico supports the launch of the long-awaited flight Dubai-Barcelona-Mexico City, which responds 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.”