Emirates President Tim Clark has said he hopes the Middle East’s largest airline will restore capacity to the United States in six to nine months after some flights were dropped earlier this year, reports Reuters.
Clark said: “Demand for travel is still fairly strong, and I‘m hoping that in the next six to nine months that we will restore our capacity to what it was.”
Emirates started cutting frequencies on five U.S. routes from May, blaming a drop in demand on travel restrictions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.
Analyst Saj Ahmad commented: “With the electronics ban out of the way, Emirates has been experiencing a resurgence in travel demand to the US and it comes as no surprise that they want to ramp up capacity on key routes like Boston and Seattle, among others.
“Emirates enjoys big revenue gains from high yield, business and first class passengers across all its touchpoints in the USA and adding more flights will help cater for that demand, which in turn will drive Emirates’ earnings for the year.
Ahmad added: “Critically, with the Trump Administration sitting silently on the sidelines while US carriers whine about unproven state subsidies for GCC airlines, Emirates sharper focus on growing US-bound traffic will signal support by the US Government and airports that will lead to even more city pairs being launched.”