Emirates to reduce flights on some USA routes


Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, said on Wednesday it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by tougher US security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.

Although both moves were blocked by USA judges, some travelers have been deterred.

Emirates Airline will cut capacity to five USA cities from May, as demand weakens following travel-related restrictions rolled out by the United States government.

Daily flights from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be cut to five a week.

Emirates airline, reacting to the incident on Twitter, unleashed a now-viral video captioned "fly the friendly skies with a real airline", trolling United Airlines' CEO Oscar Munoz.

Just like its first iteration - which additionally banned travelers from Iraq - Trump's executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries has been blocked by the courts.

Emirates will reduce frequencies on five of its 12 routes to the US, citing a drop in demand due to policies put in place by the Trump administration. Emirates will re-deploy the capacity to serve demand on other routes across its global network. From 1 and 2 June respectively, our Seattle and Boston operations will move from twice-daily services, to a daily service.

Since Trump has been in office, however, there has been what it called "a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our USA routes, across all travel segments".

Although the airline did not specifically cite the Trump administration for its having to cut routes, it did say that numbers of travelers from Dubai to the United States significantly dropped beginning in January.

Emirates, along with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, have been the target of a long-running campaign by three U.S. carriers that accuse the Gulf carriers of receiving unfair state subsidies.

The airline serves 12 United States destinations, and is the only carrier operating nonstop between Dubai and the USA.

The reduction may also have a negative effect on USA travelers writ large.

The announcement came Wednesday following Trump's visa ban that was announced on Tuesday, where the POTUS noted that it will be harder for foreign citizens to get visa in the U.S.

The airline stressed the decision was "commercial".

Emirates airline is trimming the number of flights to Orlando and Ft.