January 25, 2018 / 8:21 AM / 8 months ago

Emirates restores some capacity on U.S. routes

DUBAI, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Emirates is increasing the number of flights on some U.S. routes it had reduced last May after U.S. government travel restrictions weakened demand.

Flights to Florida cities Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from its Dubai hub will each return to a daily services from March 25 having been cut back to five-a-week last year. Emirates said the increase reflects the “steady rebound in customer demand.”

The Middle East’s largest airline is also adding a new daily direct Boeing 777 service to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey from June 1 but dropping one of its four daily Airbus A380 flights to nearby New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport from March 25.

Emirates already operates a daily flight to Newark via Athens, Greece from Dubai, and one of its remaining three daily New York flights is operated via Milan, Italy from Dubai.

Emirates reduced frequencies to five U.S. cities last year, blaming a drop in demand caused by attempts by President Donald Trump’s administration to ban citizens of some Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and restrictions on carrying large electronic items onboard flights to the U.S.

The restrictions predominately affected Middle East carriers, including Emirates.

The airline also reduced the number of flights it operated to Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Emirates President Tim Clark had said in June that the demand on U.S. routes had started to come back and that the airline was looking at restoring Boston and Seattle frequencies. (Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Keith Weir)

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