Emirates cuts flights to US

BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Emirates says it will reduce flights to the US in response to the Trump administration’s restrictive policies.

The airline said in a statement  travel demand to US has weakened.

It quoted recent actions taken by the US government to restrict entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins as the causes for a decline in bookings on US flights.

“There has been a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US,” an Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News in an email response.

Starting 1 May, flights to Florida will be reduced. Fort Lauderdale service will go from daily service to five days per week. Flights to Orlando will also change from daily to five days per week, effective 23 May.

According to the airline, its Seattle and Boston service will change from twice daily to daily effective early June.

The Los Angeles service will also be cut back to daily  1 July.

“We will redeploy capacity to serve demand on other routes on our global network,” a spokesperson said to Gulf News.

(Source: Gulf News)