>> The world's biggest international airline, Emirates announcing Wednesday it's cutting back on US flights. As President Donald Trumps attempts to restrict travel start to take a toll on demand. The Dubai based airline plans to cut the number of flights it offers to Seattle, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles Angeles and Boston.
Reuters Gulf correspondent, Alexander Cornwell is in Dubai.>> Emirates has. They said that the actions taken by the US government both in terms of entry visas, heightened security in terms of vetting passengers. As well as electronics bans has impacted consumer behavior and booking patterns. So, they're strictly putting the blame on actions taken by the Trump administration.
Which, should pointed out, only impact foreign carriers.>> Though Trump's two executive orders, banning entry into the US by citizens from several muslim majority countries got tied up in courts. Both the US and the UK pushed through new security measures. Banning electronic devices larger than a cellphone on incoming direct flights from the Middle East and North Africa in aircraft cabins.
The restrictions have summoned the airline industry, questioning whether security is the only motive of at play.>> What's interesting about the possible months since Trump has taken office is, that, for at least the past two years three of the US's largest carriers. United, American and Delta, have been leading a campaign against the major Middle East airlines,.
Including Emirates, accusing them of receiving billions of dollars in unfair state subsidies and urging the US government to investigate the matter. Many have linked the travel ban as well as electronics ban as some sort of attempt to curtail the growth of the Middle East carriers.>> Despite those suspicions, there's no evidence to substantiate the Gulf carrier's claims And government officials said the electronics ban was based on intelligence of a possible threat.
Emirates, which had been making inroads into the US market, had hoped to serve a total of 15 US locations, up from 12 by next year. No word yet on how that target might change.