But the carrier has been careful to clarify that it is cutting route frequencies to certain cities, rather than entire destinations, from its roster.
Emirates has announced that, in light of policies enacted by the Trump administration, it will be reducing its scheduled services to America as of this May. The Middle Eastern carrier says that the recent ban on carry-on electronics as well as restrictions on travelers coming from certain Muslim-majority countries has resulted in reduced passenger demand.
However, Emirates has been careful to clarify that it is cutting the frequency of flights to certain cities rather than chopping entire destinations. From the start of next month, the airline’s Fort Lauderdale-Dubai route will be cut from a daily service to operate five times a week. Emirate’s Orlando-Dubai route, which is also currently daily, will follow suit on the 23rd May.
In June, the current twice-daily service from Boston-Dubai and Seattle-Dubai will be cut to a daily service. Likewise, in July, the carrier’s LA-Dubai route will be reduced to operating on a single flight per day.
Emirates spoke of the changes in a statement to USA Today’s Today in the Sky Blog.
“This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to U.S. 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, avoiding a direct reference to President Trump.
“Until the start of 2017, Emirates’ operations in the U.S. has seen healthy growth and performance, driven by customer demand for our high-quality product and our international flight connections. However, over the past 3 months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S. 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,” it added.
Finally, Emirates said that it will “will closely monitor the situation with the view to reinstate and grow our U.S. flight operations as soon as viable.”