Sat Nov 18 2017, 18:41:12 +03

Emirates cuts flights to US due to drop in demand

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(Dubai-AlummahWorld- Rajab 21,1438H) The Middle East's biggest airline says it is reducing flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by tougher U.S. security measures and attempts by the Trump administration to ban travelers from a number of Muslim-majority nations.

Emirates announced on Wednesday that 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 President Donald Trump took office.

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.

Since taking office, US president Donald Trump has signed two executive orders banning refugees and citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from visiting the United States. Although both moves were blocked by US judges, some travelers have been deterred.

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

In a view of further decline in demand, other middle eastern Airlines such as Etihad and Qatar Airways are expected to announce flights cuts to the United States.