Emirates to reduce flights on some U.S. routes

Lucy Hill
April 20, 2017

"Emirates can confirm that we will be reducing flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities we now serve".

Emirates airline will begin cutting its number of flights into the U.S.in May, saying demand has slowed since President Donald Trump's executive orders affecting entry visas and carrying electronics such as laptops and tablets onto US -bound flights.

The US administration has also introduced new security measures banning electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from being taking into aircraft cabins on direct flights to the US from several Middle East locations, including Dubai.

The world's biggest global airline will reduce capacity to Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the coming weeks, the Dubai-based company said in a statement.

The Dubai-based carrier will reduce flights to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando and Seattle, says an Emirates spokesperson.

It now serves 12 USA destinations, launching its most recent route, between Athens and Newark, just last month.

Emirates Airlines will reduce service to the United States after recent travel regulations instituted by the Trump administration. "Over the past 3 months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our USA routes, across all travel segments".

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- Orlando-Dubai: Starting May 23, two flights will be trimmed from the existing daily service. They also say the ME3 are in violation of the Open Skies agreements that govern air travel between the U.S. and 120 nations including the UAE and Qatar.

A U.S. made Boeing 777-300ER, owned by Dubai carrier Emirates.

Emirates and the other Gulf carriers, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, have been in the firing line of new US policies on immigration and security. The orders were subsequently blocked by USA courts.

Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the "Partnership for Open & Fair Skies" campaign opposing more USA routes for the Gulf carriers, was quick to seize on Emirates' decision.

"Market demand has never played a role when the Gulf carriers decide where to fly", says a spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, which is backed by the three USA airlines and their unions.

Despite both bans being blocked by USA judges, large numbers of people have been deterred from traveling to the US.

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