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Emirates cuts US flights as Trump travel policies hit demand

Emirates is cutting flights to the US in response to weakening demand on the routes from Dubai over the past three months.

The airline confirmed it will reduce flights to five of the 12 cities it serves.

Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will move from daily to five a week from May. Seattle and Boston services will move from twice-daily to daily from June, and from July, flights to Los Angeles will also be cut from twice-daily to daily.

Emirates said 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.

“Until the start of 2017, Emirates’ operations in the US have seen healthy growth and performance, driven by customer demand for our high quality product and our international flight connections,” the airline said in a statement.

“However, over the past 3 months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our US 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 that it will monitor the situation and reinstate services if demand picks up.

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