Emirates Cuts Frequencies To Five US Destinations Due To Weakened Demand


Emirates today announced that it would cut its’ US weekly frequencies from 126 to 101 by reducing the number of flights to existing destinations.

Emirates Reducing US Frequencies

Emirates will reduce Orlando and Fort Lauderdale flights to five weekly while canning second daily service from Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston. The airline continues to fly 12 destinations in the United States.

You can access Emirates here.

Here’s an excerpt from the Reuters (access here):

“The recent actions taken by the U.S. 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 U.S.,” an Emirates spokeswoman said.

“Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S. routes, across all travel segments,” the Emirates spokeswoman said.

Here are the dates when frequencies are reduced:

May 1: Fort Lauderdale

May 23: Orlando

June 1: Seattle

June 2: Boston

July 1: Los Angeles


I guess that we all saw this coming and there has been clear evidence that Trump Slump is affecting the number of foreign travelers wishing to enter United States. The Muslim travel and electronics ban are affecting where people are spending their time and money.

It is quite surprising that Emirates is cutting these frequencies in such a short notice and supposedly during the busy summer travel season.

Marriott stated last week that the number of bookings from the Middle East for their US properties had significantly weakened. It is relatively small number but has bigger impact due to higher than usual amount of money spend for accommodation and F&B.

This must also have a effect on Qatar Airways’ and Etihad’s traffic to the United States. We’ll see if they will announce cuts to their US flights soon.

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  • Barbarella

    I have been travelling pretty often on AUH-JFK route on Etihad and both the demand and the prices dropped significantly after the ban was introduced.

    • I would assume that they will have more sales unless they cut capacity. This late Emirates cut for the summer travel is really eye opening. They cut half of the capacity to/from some cities and still not full.

      • Joseph Kelsall

        It doesn’t matter to them. My recent flight to Iran with KLM was only about 25% full. I think that Iran must be compensating the airline. AS a matter of fact Iran was brilliant.;no yanks and no Brits. The UK is the only European country which cannot enter Iran on their ‘visa on arrival’ system. Iranians are hospitable and friendly people.

        • I believe that KLM is taking medium/long-term view for these flights to Iran.

  • Joseph Kelsall

    I, like many others, have cut ALL of my USA flights.

    • Barbarella

      Well… I wish I could do that. I am a 0th generation American or to be precise a Euro-American and US became my home over a decade ago for both personal and professional reasons. I do not like the ban and I have not voted for the current administration.

  • jakpott

    I moved my US trips form EY direct to via LHR using BA/AA. No way am I gonna go 14 hours without a laptop in economy. Plus I get 3 or 4 hours to decompress in the middle.

    • I am sure 100% that both QR and EY are too hurting about this ban, although they are putting up a brave face that business is as usual when surely it is not.