Emirates to Decrease Service to U.S., Citing Significant Drop in Demand
Emirates Airline announced that it plans to reduce the number of flights it offers to the United States, citing recent government efforts to ban a wide swath of travelers from the Middle East as having lowered the demand for travel to the country. The airline also cited the highly-publicized ban on computers and tablets as carry-on items.
The carrier said it will continue to fly to the 12 U.S. destinations it currently serves, although it will significantly reduce the number of flights on five of the routes.
The reductions include cutting back service on its Dubai-Fort Lauderdale route from seven to five weekly flights on May 1 doing the same on its Dubai-Orlando route on May 23. In addition, Emirates is discontinuing one of two daily flights from Dubai to Seattle on June 1, from Dubai to Boston service to on June 2; and from Dubai to Los Angeles on July 2.
Emirates said that it will continue to monitor demand in the markets and that it hopes to be able to reinstate the flights in the near future.
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