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 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.