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Wednesday
Apr192017

Emirates Airlines to reduce US service due to decreased demand following travel regulations

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Emirates Airlines will reduce service to the United States after recent travel regulations instituted by the Trump administration.

According to a statement put out on Wednesday, the airline has seen "a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S. routes" since the implementation of a ban on laptops and tablets on certain flights. The statement also alludes to President Trump's travel bans that would have barred citizens of a number of majority-Muslim countries.

"This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to [the] U.S.," the statement said. "The recent actions taken by the U.S. government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions of electonic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the U.S."

Emirates says that the airline had seen "healthy growth and performance" in their operations in the U.S. until the start of the calendar year.

The company adds, "we will closely monitor the situation with the view to reinstate and grow our U.S. flight operations as soon as viable."

Emirates serves 12 American gateways -- New York; Newark; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

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