Emirates Cutting Back Service to US Cities Following Visa and Electronics Bans

Apr 19, 2017

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When the US government announced the implementation of its electronics and travel bans, there was mixed reaction — but they were sure to slow down tourism and traffic from the Middle East and Africa to the US. Now, in response, Emirates Airline announced that it’s cutting frequencies to several of its US destinations.

Beginning this May, Emirates will be cutting frequencies to five US cities. The move comes in direct response to news from the White House that it would be hindering travel from the Middle Eastern to the US — including limiting travel and what passengers can bring on board when they’re flying from or through the region. The airline said that it’s seen bookings to the US slow since the policies were announced — at the same time, Air India has reported much more interest in its flights following the bans.

Here’s how the reduced frequencies will break down:

  • Dubai (DXB) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) — moving from daily flights to 5x per week, effective May
  • DXB to Orlando (MCO) — moving from daily flights to 5x per week, effective May
  • DXB to Seattle (SEA) — moving from 2x daily flights to daily flights, effective early June
  • DXB to Boston (BOS) — moving from 2x daily flights to daily flights, effective early June
  • DXB to Los Angeles (LAX) — moving from 2x daily flights to daily flights, effective July

“Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S. routes, across travel segments,” the airline said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Emirates has therefore responded as any profit-oriented enterprise would and we will redeploy capacity to serve demand on other routes on our global network.”

The airline said it would continue to serve its 12 US destinations and hopes to reinstate the reduced service and grow its US network as soon as possible.

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