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20 Apr 2017

BY Jennifer Morris

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Emirates cuts US flights after Trump policies 'directly impacted demand'

Emirates has cut flights on five US routes after the Trump administration’s laptop ban contributed to "a direct impact on demand".

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Emirates cuts US flights after Trump policies 'directly impacted demand'

An Emirates spokesperson said in a statement: "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," Fortune reports.


She continued: "This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to the US."


Direct flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will drop to five per week in May, from daily flights, while Seattle and Boston flights will be reduced to a daily service in June from two flights a day, and twice daily Los Angeles flights will also be reduced in July to one a day, the statement said.


President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders banning travellers from some Muslim-majority countries from visiting the US, and while they were blocked, some travellers have been put off travel to the country.


The administration also introduced new security measures in March banning electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from being taking into aircraft cabins on direct flights to the United States from several Middle East locations.

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