Emirates cuts flights to US as demand weakens

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, said Wednesday that it will reduce flights to the United States after tightened visa and security measures under President Donald Trump hit demand.
The Dubai-based airline said that it would cut services to five US cities -- Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale -- starting from next month.
"This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to US," a spokesperson for the carrier said in a statement.
"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," it added.
Travellers have expressed frustration at a carry-on ban on large electronic devices that took effect last month on US-bound flights mostly from the Middle East and North Africa.
It followed an attempt by Trump to impose a travel ban on refugees and on travellers from six Muslim-majority nations.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways in a statement published Wednesday by the official WAM news agency said demand for its 45 flights a week to the US "remains strong".

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