Emirates is cutting its number of US-bound flights, in response to the electronics ban recently imposed by the White House.
In a statement, the airline inferred it has seen a substantial drop in demand from customers flying to the US, and is subsequently reducing the number of North American routes it operates.
“This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to the US,” a spokesperson said. “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.”
The airline went on to say the impact has been unilateral across all destinations in the US over the last three months.
“Until the start of 2017, Emirates’ operations in the US have seen healthy growth and performance… However, over the past 3 months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our US routes, across all travel segments. 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 changes coming into effect will impact the following routes.
- Fort Lauderdale and Orlando: reduction from daily flights to five times weekly. As of Monday May 1 and Tuesday May 23 respectively.
- Seattle and Boston: reduction from twice-daily flights to once-a-day. As of Thursday June 1 and Friday June 2 respectively.
- Los Angeles: from twice-daily to once-a-day. As of Saturday July 1.