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Emirates chief sees passenger demand returning to US routes

Tim Clark upbeat on flights just weeks after Dubai airline cut services to five cities in the United States

Emirates chief sees passenger demand returning to US routes

Emirates is reportedly seeing a return in demand on routes to the United States, just weeks after the Dubai-based airline announced it was cutting flights.

Airline president Tim Clark was quoted as saying on Wednesday that the markets were "coming back to us".

Emirates announced in April it would cut flights on five US routes from May, blaming travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration for softening demand.

The world’s biggest international airline has reduced capacity to Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and re-deployed the capacity to serve demand on other routes across its global network.

"The markets are coming back to us. I’m watching every day to see whether we can put back the Boston's and Seattle's because the seat factors are in the low 90s," Clark said in comments published by Reuters.

"I’m hoping that the trauma of a few months ago in March is starting to even out. I'm hoping we can get operations back to where they were," he added.

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