Emirates plans to cut back U.S. flights from next month. After new travel restrictions targeted travelers from the Middle East, the airline will reduce flights to five U.S. cities.
The Dubai-based airline cited weaker U.S. travel demand as the reason for the change.
Last month, the U.S. banned devices larger than a mobile from cabin luggage on flights from 10 airports.
The airports from the Middle East, including Dubai, North Africa, and Turkey were affected by this change.
President Donald Trump has also signed two other executive orders barring refugees from mainly Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa from entering the U.S., although those bans are being contested in the court.
Tim Clark, the airline’s president, said last month that demand for travel to the U.S. decreased after Mr. Trump’s announcements.
Emirates, one of the largest airlines in the world, has also introduced new services to deal with the laptop ban; this includes offering free tablets to the passengers and setting up a counter to check the electronics in at the gate.
The airlines said that it would bring down the number of direct flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to five a week from the current daily flights.
The airline would also reduce its twice-a-day flights to once a day for Seattle and Boston in June, and once a day in July for Los Angeles.
The Abu-Dhabi based rival of Emirates, Etihad, however, said that it had not seen any significant change in the demand for U.S. travel in the last couple of weeks. Etihad flies to six U.S. cities.
Emirates’ first flight to North America landed in 2004; the airline now serves 12 destinations in the U.S., and a new route between Athens and Newark was launched last month.
The expansion of Emirates has led to conflict with U.S. airlines, which has accused the former of receiving government subsidies.