2travel2know2 wrote:SCQ83 wrote:In any case, I don't see the excitement about this route. I could understand the excitement is they were to announce something like DXB-BCN-PTY that no one would otherwise serve (Copa cannot serve it, and LEVEL or Norwegian are not going to serve it). For BCN, it would be much better to have Aeromexico, with a hub in MEX to connect further into Mexico and Central America. With EK in that route, Aeromexico is gone.
I agree with you partially, for PAX having the route is great, however like you said it could be much better to have AM and the network out of MEX.
jcleal wrote:PTY, yes, but it was postponed, postponed and then cancelled even before the first flight. Rumours on this board said that there were dates with zero (0) bookings.
I am not sure about that, but I think that one of the main problems was that Copa promised something to EK and later Copa changed the conditions and possibilities of connecting pax between both, Maybe because of Skyteam members pressure.
The route is actually good for both BCN and MEX. Wouldn't worry that much about not being AM flying between MEX and BCN, in these times of code-share or attractive interline, there'd be a fair % of connecting traffic in MEX, BCN and DXB.
Rumor's that when CM noticed the future bookings and the imminent EK flight cancellations to come, code-sharing EK was going to force CM pay to fly the cancelled flights passengers between their origins and destinations.
IMHO, There was so much hype about EK flying to PTY and IMHO, it was to please some people grandiose ego about Panama being Dubai.
Had EK studied its entry to PTY as a tag-on from a very attractive and accesible European airport, at least thrice weekly to start, probably EK could be flying to PTY by now, partly via Europe party non-stop.