Emirates to lessen US flights due to Trump’s travel ban policies

Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017

Emirates-Boeing-777-300ER---Nairobi-Option-3Emirates will reduce the number of flights to five US cities from the coming month following the new security rules that targeted travellers from the Middle East.


From May 1, flights to Fort Lauderdale will be reduced from daily flights to five flights per week.  Similar cuts will be followed to its Orlando service starting May 23. Also, starting June 1 and 2 respectively, Seattle and Boston flights will be reduced from two flights per day down to a single flight per day. Lastly, commencing from July 1, Emirates twice-daily service to Los Angeles will be reduced to a single flight.


US President Donald Trump has also signed two executive orders to bar refugees and nationals of several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa from travelling to the US. Those bans have been contested in court.


According to an Emirates spokeswoman, 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.


The airline has also introduced new services to cope with the laptop ban, lending tablets to premium passengers and offering to check in electronics at the gate.

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