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Security restrictions force Emirates to scale back flights to US

21 April 2017

Emirates Airline will cut capacity to five United States cities from May, as demand weakens following travel-related restrictions rolled out by the USA government.

Some airlines started offering workarounds, such as providing loaner laptops and iPads to travelers on USA -bound flights or allowing passengers to check large electronics on the gate prior to boarding.

Daily flights from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in Florida will be cut to five a week from daily flights.

The changes will affect Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Ft.

With fewer flights, some Emirates passengers may switch to big European airlines and their United States partners for travel from the Middle East and Asia.

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The largest Middle East airline, Emirates, announced on Wednesday that it is reducing flights to the United States because of a drop in demand stemming from increased security measures and attempts by Donald Trump's administration to deter travelers from predominantly Muslim nations.

America's "Big 3" carriers have strong words for Emirates.

The official reason for the ban cited security concerns that such devices could be used to take over or otherwise harm a flight, but critics said it was a backhanded way of making flights on some airlines less desirable, which would help us carriers.

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, file photo the first class section of an Emirates airlines Airbus A380 is ready for boarding at the new Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In reference to the US3, Emirates called today's decision a response "any profit-oriented enterprise" would make.

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Etihad said demand remained strong for flights to the U.S. and pledged to upgrade NY service by using Airbus SE A380 super jumbo jets.

Beyond the US3, there are signs that the period of unfettered growth on the part of the ME3 is nearing its end.

Emirates and its Gulf rivals deny the allegations. This lack of competition gives major US airlines more control over cost and services offered - and has led to a generally dismal customer experience. Lauderdale will shrink to five flights a week.

Overall, it's a reduction of 25 flights per week for the airline, according to The Associated Press. Daily service between Dubai and Panama City will begin on February 1, 2016. From 1 July, our operations to Los Angeles will move from twice-daily to a daily serve.

The airline stressed the decision was "commercial".

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The spokesperson told Traveler that the airlines had experienced "healthy growth and performance" on us routes until the start of 2017.

Security restrictions force Emirates to scale back flights to US