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Emirates reduces flights on five US routes as Trump's restrictions hit demand

Emirates reduces flights on five US routes as Trump's restrictions hit demand

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines both stopped flying to Dubai a year ago, leaving Emirates the only carrier to offer direct USA flights to what has become the world's busiest airport for global traffic.

The Dubai International Airport in the UAE, which is Emirates' hub, is a major transit point for nationals of countries listed in Trump's travel bans, The Associated Press reports.

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.

Following the travel ban, the USA slapped 9 airlines flying from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa - including the three Gulf carriers - with an order prohibiting larger electronic devices in the cabin of aircraft.

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Emirates said Wednesday it will reduce flights to five of its 12 US destinations. "However, over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our USA routes, across all travel segments".

The schedule changes start on May 1 when the daily Fort Lauderdale service drops to five times per week, and from May 23 the daily Orlando flight also drops to five a week. And on July 1, its twice-daily service from Los Angeles will also switch to a daily frequency.

USA officials banned passengers from carrying most electronics larger than a cellphone into the cabin on direct flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. An earlier ban included Iraqi migrants.

Demonstrators protest along Devon Avenue in the West Rogers Park neighborhood against President Donald Trump's attempt to impose a freeze on admitting refugees into the United States and impose a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries on February 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. "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".

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"However, 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". Theairline has been a target of other big carriers, who accuse it of flooding the market with capacity and benefiting unfairly from government subsidies.

Fast-growing Emirates made its first flight to North America in 2004.

In Seattle and Boston, service will be down to one daily flight from two starting June 1 and 2, respectively.

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