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World Emirates trims U.S. flights after Trump administration curbs

20:11  19 april  2017
20:11  19 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Emirates , the Middle East' s biggest airline, said on Wednesday that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U . S . security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.

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An Emirates plane taxis to a gate at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. © (AP Photo/Adam Schreck) An Emirates plane taxis to a gate at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, said on Wednesday that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.

The decision by the Dubai government-owned carrier is the strongest sign yet that tougher measures imposed on U.S.-bound travelers from the Mideast are taking a financial toll on fast-growing Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the United States in recent years. Dubai was one of 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates , the Middle East’ s largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20 percent Wednesday, blaming a drop in demand on tougher U . S . security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from some Muslim-majority nations.

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Emirates' hub at Dubai International Airport, the world's third busiest, is a major transit point for travelers who were affected by President Donald Trump's executive orders temporarily halting entry to citizens of six countries.

The latest travel ban suspended new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and froze the nation's refugee program. Like an earlier ban that also included Iraqi citizens, it has been blocked from taking effect by the courts. Emirates said the reductions will affect five of its 12 U.S. destinations, starting next month. It called the move "a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand" in the three months since Trump took office.

"The recent actions taken by the U.S. 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 U.S.," the carrier said.

The cuts will reduce the number of U.S.-bound flights from the carrier's Dubai hub to 101, down from 126 currently. Twice daily Emirates flights to Boston, Los Angles and Seattle will be reduced to once a day. Daily flights to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando will be pared down to five per week.


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