After slipping from the top 10 best airlines in 2017, Emirates airline has announced it has suffered from yet another setback, this time as a result to Donald Trump’s travel ban.
According to Reuters, Emirates has recorded a 35 percent loss in bookings to the US due to President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. While it has already led to the cancellation of thousands of flights, Trump’s travel ban is expected to negatively impact the aviation industry.
On Monday, Trump signed a new executive order, which takes effect on March 16, keeping a 90-day ban on travel to the US by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Iraq was dropped from the list of banned nationalities to the US.
In an interview with CNNMoney earlier this year, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, said Emirates had invested over $140 billion in the US, saying the airline “carries nearly 4,000 people into the US every day and really wants to create more jobs in the US and support the economy in the US”.
Reuters reported that the revised Trump order issued this week offered more clarity, and there had been some positive movement in bookings on the Emirates network but without a full recovery.
The airline hopes for an improvement in the summer, as travelers from the Middle East and Gulf region remain loyal customers and a key market for US companies and tourist attractions.