|Quoting Yellowtail (Reply 6):|
what mystifies me is why they went for daily....when 4Xweek would have been a better start frequency.
|Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 5):|
Unfortunate for Panama, but honestly, for a country with hardly 4M people, the market has been tough to support all of the long-haul growth as of late, with IB, KL and now AF + LH. TP is being suspended and EK is continually delayed.
|Quoting EddieDude (Reply 14):|
Two weeks ago or so, EK had big ads in major Mexican newspapers touting MEX-PTY-DXB-beyond flights with EK and CM.
|Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 13):|
EK had legitimate reasons for thinking the route would work
|Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 15):|
They're probably more bullish about the possibility of sending their own metal DXB-ZRH-MEX, if they were previously banking on MEX traffic to make the PTY flight work which wasn't an optimal idea.
|Quoting winginit (Reply 1):|
This flight was a belt measuring contest for the title of the world's longest route - nothing more, and with the launch of AKL nonstop we'll never see PTY unless EK gets truly desperate as to where to deploy their frames.
|Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 5):|
the market has been tough to support all of the long-haul growth as of late, with IB, KL and now AF LH. TP is being suspended and EK is continually delayed.
|Quoting tomascubero (Reply 27):|
UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
|Quoting dubaiamman243 (Reply 29):|
The decision was made after an extensive review of all operational factors, including fleet utilisation and commercial demand from key markets against the global economic outlook.”
|Quoting ytraveller (Reply 9):|
Wow I don't think Emirates has done this before with a route launch... Very disappointing.
|Quoting Miami (Reply 31):|
No surprise at all. I honestly didn't know how Emirates could make PTY work.
|Quoting 2travel2know2 (Reply 35):|
If EK wanted PTY to work in the first place, it'd have routed the flight via somewhere in Europe without a non-stop flight to PTY and where EK could get 5th freedom.
Seems it's was a prestige thing bullying about the longest flight in the world for a lot of people from EK, DXB and PTY.
|Quoting Josh32121 (Reply 37):|
From the GC map, MAD sure would have made a lot of sense. And maybe pick up some more conventional traffic to bolster it, too.
|Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 38):|
PTY struck me as "We're going to start it because we can". I'm surprised they cancelled it.
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