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Emirates Puts Latin America Hub on Hold Until 13 Nations Sign Up

  • States must back Copa Air code-share to make plan work: Clark
  • Panama base would divert Asian passenger flows through Dubai

Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, put its plan to establish a hub in Panama connecting cities across Latin America with Asia on hold because government accords permitting cooperation with a key local carrier took too long to put in place.

Dubai-based Emirates has secured approvals from only three or four of the 13 countries from which it needs backing for a wide-ranging code-share deal with Panama City-based Copa Airlines SA, its president, Tim Clark, said at the ITB travel fair in Berlin.