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On the heels of Delta’s announcement earlier this year, United has announced that it will also be ending its service to Dubai in 2016. As of January 23, 2016, United will no longer operate its nonstop service from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Dubai (DXB) for the same reason as Delta’s move – the rapid expansion of “subsidized” local carriers like Emirates and Etihad.
In a letter to employees, United said:
“Even though we successfully operated the IAD-DXB route for the past seven years, the entry of subsidized carriers such as Emirates Airline (EK) and Etihad Airways (EY) into the Washington, D.C., market has created an imbalance between supply and demand to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As they’ve added subsidized capacity, our IAD-DXB route has become less profitable.”
If you’re scheduled to fly on United to Dubai after January 23, 2016, you’ll be receiving a schedule change notification soon. With Dubai service suspended, Tel Aviv will be the last Middle East port of service for United – a telling fact that US legacy carriers believe operating routes to/from the Middle East are not worth continuing because of increasing competition from international airlines.
Ultimately, with the US legacy carriers dropping out of competition for UAE travel, customers aren’t missing out on much. Service, planes and – in many cases – seats on international carriers like Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, among others, offer much better options for travelers. Oh, and here’s Jennifer Aniston to remind you of that.
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