Laptop ban to affect 700 flights per week, says IATA

Aviation industry body estimates ban will hit 2% each of UK, US flights
Laptop ban to affect 700 flights per week, says IATA
Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
By Sarah Townsend
Wed 29 Mar 2017 02:31 PM

The ban on electronic devices in airline cabins will impact more than 700 flights per week between the UK and US and countries in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa, the aviation industry body has claimed.

According to statistics sent to Arabian Business, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the controversial ban will impact around 393 scheduled passenger flights per week to the UK from affected airports – equivalent to around 2.7 percent of the total flight schedule in and out of those airports.

The ban will impact about 350 scheduled passenger flights per week from affected airports to the US, equivalent to around 2 percent of the total schedule.

Last week, US President Donald Trump banned electronic devices bigger than mobile phones on direct flights to the US from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries including the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Britain followed with a similar ban from six countries from the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

US officials said the measure was intended to thwart possible terrorist attacks on airlines with explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics.

Nine airlines in total are affected by the ban.

IATA president Alexandre de Juniac told a press conference on Tuesday that the ban would have a “significant impact” on airline revenues as it would encourage some passengers to seek indirect routes to avoid inconvenience.

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