Emirates to reduce flight frequency to the US following electronic ban
In an attempt to combat the lack of demand and the effects of the US’s electronic ban, Emirates Airline has announced that they will be reducing the flight frequency to five of the 12 US cities it serves.
A spokesperson for Emirates announced the news yesterday: “Emirates can confirm that we will be reducing flights to five of the 12 US cities we currently serve. From May 1 and May 23 respectively, our Fort Lauderdale and Orlando operations will move from daily services to five a week.
“From June 1 and 2 respectively, our Seattle and Boston operations will move from twice-daily services, to a daily service.
“From July 1, our operations to Los Angeles will move from twice-daily to a daily service. This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to US.”
As for why, the spokesperson for the award-winning airline simply said that it comes as a result of heightened security measures and electronic restrictions.
The spokesperson added that despite Emirates’ many efforts, including allocating in-flight tablets to first and business class passengers, the airline is still struggling to combat the effects of the US’s electronic travel ban. And, as a result, the airline will now be focusing its attention on other locations.
“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.
“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. We will closely monitor the situation with the view to reinstate and grow our US flight operations as soon as viable,” the spokesperson said.
Emirates’ flight frequency to cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle and Washington DC will remain unchanged.