Emi­rates slashes US flights as tough se­cu­rity mea­sures dampen de­mand

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has con­firmed that it will cut some flights to the US next month, in the wake of re­duced de­mand caused by stricter en­try rules and se­cu­rity mea­sures in­tro­duced by the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Dubaibased air­line will cut some ser­vices to five US cities – Los Angeles, Bos­ton, Or­lando, Seat­tle and Fort Laud­erdale – from May 2017.

“This is a com­mer­cial de­ci­sion in re­sponse to weakened travel de­mand to US,” an Emi­rates spokesper­son 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.”

These re­stric­tions have in­cluded an un­pop­u­lar ban on car­ry­ing large elec­tronic de­vices, in­clud­ing lap­tops, in the cab­ins of US-bound flights from the UAE.

Mean­while, Abu Dhabi-based Eti­had Airways is­sued a state­ment on Thurs­day say­ing that it has ex­pe­ri­enced “no sig­nif­i­cant change in de­mand on flights to and from the United States in re­cent weeks”.

“De­mand con­tin­ues to re­main strong on all 45 weekly ser­vices be­tween Abu Dhabi and its six US gate­ways of New York, Washington, Chicago, San Fran­cisco, Los Angeles and Dallas,” it com­mented.


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