Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017
Following the travel ban to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim nations as declared by President Trump, Emirates Airlines has been forced to change its pilots and cabin crew personnel on flights enroute to the US.
Complying with the new edict of the new U.S. immigration ban, it now seems that not only passengers who faced this disruptive decision. An Emirates representative confirmed in an official mail that Emirates has made “the necessary adjustments to our crewing, to comply with the latest requirements.
Emirates, along with its Middle East counterparts Etihad and Qatar airlines, is already embroiled in a long-running feud with U.S.-based airlines American, Delta and United over the Open Skies Agreement. According to the U.S. carriers, the three Gulf airlines are heftily funded by government subsidies from their respective governments. That is what has let them grow at an unbound rate, skewing the international travel marketplace.
Flying to eleven U.S. cities, Emirates has grown into one of the largest airlines in the world with 23,000 employees. A decision regarding the Open Skies Agreements has fallen to the Trump administration, which many believe leans toward pro-American concerns. The Open Skies Agreements will now have pro-American concerns under Trump’s administration, as per many experts.
According to Reuters, the ban applies to pilots and flight attendants from the seven countries, even though all flight crew who are not U.S. citizens already need a special visa to enter the country,