Emirates Airline announced that it planned to reduce flights to 5 of the 12 U.S. cities it now serves due to the declining demand in the Middle East countries caused by security restrictions imposed by the Trump administration, but it will continue to operate to all 12 of its current U.S. destinations.
“The recent actions taken by the U.S. 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 U.S,” Emirates said in a statement.
Last month, the Trump administration said that passengers on direct flights to the U.S. from the eight majority – Muslim countries must place their electronic devices in checked packages. The countries involved include Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
“Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S routes, across all travel segments,” Emirates said.
According to the press release, Emirates Airline will totally reduce 25 flights per week. Flights to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boston will be reduced to once daily from twice a day before. In addition, daily service to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale will be cut to 5 flights weekly.