Emirates cuts flights on five US routes

A passenger buys a ticket at a Emirates Airline counter

Emirates reducing US flights amid 'weakened travel demand'

Emirates said it will keep an eye on the situation "with the view to reinstate and grow our USA flight operations as soon as viable".

Emirates will cut flights to five of USA cities as demand deteriorated after US restrictions on travel and on-board electronics affecting Middle East carriers and passengers. Daily flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be pared down to five per week. The carrier is cutting its US capacity.

The "significant deterioration" comes after President Trump's legally dubious Muslim travel bans targeted residents from a number of countries serviced by Emirates, which is owned by the government of Dubai. "However, over the past 3 months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our USA routes, across all travel segments".

The decision comes as consumer demand for travel to the U.S.is dampened by recent security policies implemented by the Trump Administration. Emirates is loaning tablets to passengers and allowing passengers to check electronics in at the gate.

Starting next month the number of flights from Dubai to Orlando and Ft.

"Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our United States routes, across all travel segments", said an Emirates spokeswoman on Wednesday.

Emirates airline issued a statement explaining that demand has taken a steep dive in the past 3 months due to several factors, including actions taken by the United States government on the issuance of entry visas, the potential of tightened entry conditions on travel to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries, and America's laptop ban. They have particularly hit fast-growing Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the United States in recent years.

Emirates and its Gulf rivals deny the allegations.

The American carriers want the USA government to review the Open Skies agreements that allow their Gulf rivals to fly freely from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to any US destination.

Emirates' chief executive Tim Clark told reporters last month that demand to the USA had fallen by about a third since Mr Trump's announcements.

But Emirates isn't the only one feeling the pain. As the New York Times reports, yesterday President Trump signed an executive order calling for a reexamination of the U.S.'s H-1B visa program that now brings in 85,000 skilled foreign workers a year.

Starting May 1, flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be reduced from daily flights to five flights a week.

Kevin Mitchell, head of the Business Travel Coalition in the USA, said all the Gulf carriers are probably losing business because of the security measures and attempted travel bans, and that will hurt consumers.

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