Emirates to reduce flights on some US routes
DUBAI, 7 days ago
Dubai-based Emirates airline has announced plans to cut flights on five US routes following weakened demand after restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration on some air travel, reports said.
The airline will reduce the number of flights to five of the 12 cities it serves in the US.
Direct flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando would drop to five a week in May from daily flights, while Seattle and Boston flights would be reduced to a daily service in June from two flights a day, Reuters said quoting an Emirates statement.
Twice daily Los Angeles flights would also be reduced in July to one a day, it added.
Since taking office, Trump has twice signed executive orders banning refugees and citizens from some Muslim-majority countries from visiting the US. Although both moves were blocked by US judges, some passengers have been deterred from travelling.
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 recent actions taken by the US government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US," an Emirates spokeswoman said.