Published on : Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Passenger demand from China to Dubai has soared, even as the U.S. laptop ban on some countries in the Middle East has weighed on travelling between Dubai and the U.S., a senior official of Emirates Airline said.
Large-sized electronic devices, like laptops and tablet computers, have been banned for six months, from Mar 21, on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries, namely Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey and Morocco.
Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer of the airline, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), made the remarks while addressing the media, ahead of the annual tourism fair, Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
“I do not want to go deep there, as we will report annual results in May, but there are indications and quotes from industry experts, like from the CEO of Marriott Hotels, Arne Sorenson, that, the Middle East passenger demand for flights to the United States declined by double-digit rates,” Antinori said.
Incoming travellers from China, on the other hand, “increased in the last month by 33 percent,” he said.
The state-owned carrier Emirates, the biggest airline in the Middle East, flies to 11 destinations across the U.S.
Dubai aims to attract at least 20 million visitors by 2020, when the state hosts the World Expo.