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India a key market for Gulf airline carriers among US Travel restrictions

Gulf airlines remain committed to their expansion efforts to India, as rising incomes has caused a boost in air travel and passenger numbers. Just last month, the United States issued a ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone inside cabins of flights from eight countries from the Middle East region, including the UAE. However, the development is not expected to dampen Gulf carriers’ plans to expand their business in …

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Emirates President says flight cuts to United States are temporary

Emirates President Tim Clark has called his company’s decision to cut flights to the United States by 20%, temporary and emphasized that they had no plans of withdrawing operations from the world’s largest aviation market. Last week, Emirates announced that they were slashing 25 of the 126 weekly flights into the U.S. from Dubai starting next month, due to stiffer security measures imposed by the American government, and attempts to …

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US airlines critiques Emirates plans to scale back flights to US

The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies — the lobbying organization that speaks on behalf of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines —  has called Emirates’ claims of being a profit-oriented enterprise as “laughable.” This developed after the Guf-based airline announced that they would scale back their flights to the United States because of shallow demand. In a statement, the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies accused the …

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Etihad not cutting U.S. routes in spite of Trump administration-mandated electronics ban

Gulf-based airline Etihad Airways said it remained committed to operating flights in the United States, saying demand remained high in spite of the restrictions imposed on travel and on-board electronic gadgets that was imposed on Middle Eastern carriers like them. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier boldly declared they experienced  “no significant change in demand” on flights to and from the US in recent weeks. “Demand continues to remain strong on all …

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Emirates announces flight reductions to the US due to heightened security measures imposed by Trump administration

Emirates, the Middle East’s biggest airline, is feeling the pinch of the heightened security measures imposed on Gulf-based carriers as they announced that they would be cutting flights to the United States due to a drop in demand. The move by the Dubai-based carrier spoke volumes of the financial toll that the tougher security measures were having on Gulf carriers, which have expanded rapidly in the U.S. in recent years. …

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U.S. Department of Transportation launches new webpage educating the public about their flying rights

The United States’ Department of Transportation (DOT) has unveiled a new webpage that would better help airline passengers know their rights while flying. The page, which can be found under DOT’s website, comes on the heels of the controversial incident involving a passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines flight that was overbooked to make room for crew members who were traveling to their next assignment. The incident, which …

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United Airlines incident sparks major policy changes across three airline carriers

The infamous incident onboard United Airlines Flight 3411 which saw a passenger get forcibly dragged off the plane for refusing to give up his seat, has sparked major policy changes across three major airlines. Delta Airlines has hiked up the compensation package available to passengers who have to give up their seats on overbooked flights to nearly $10,000 while American Airlines vowed to never deplane a passenger who has boarded …

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Southwest Airlines objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s application for U.S. permits

Southwest Airlines is objecting Volaris Costa Rica’s (Volaris CR) application for permits to operate flights to the United States, saying that the latter falls short of ownership requirements under the existing U.S.-Costa Rica Air Transport Agreement. The Dallas-based outfit made their opposition clear in an objection with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), that argued that the bilateral agreement requires Costa Rican citizens to have “substantial ownership and effective control” of …

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Qatar Airways CEO calls electronics ban to be unnecessary

Qatar Airways Chief Akbar Al Baker has called the decision to ban large electronic devices inside cabins on flights originating from the Middle East to be both unnecessary and rushed. The Trump administration-led mandate banned passengers from carrying anything larger than a smartphone on some flights to the U.S., citing security concerns. But Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO, thought of the ban to be senseless and wholly not needed as …

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Kenya Airways begins processing steps for maiden direct flight to the United States

Kenya Airways has already begun the clearing process in its efforts to operate direct flights to the United States. Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunz asserted this as they work to acquire two significant licenses – the Air Service License for commercial approval and the Air Operating Certificate, for technical authority to operate to the U.S. “We have begun the process and will let Kenyans know when we are done. Be …

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