Middle East airlines and airports have been forced to adapt to US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. Donald Trump Emirates has amended pilot and cabin crew rosters for its services to US destinations following the ban while Etihad said it had offered refunds or re-bookings to affected passengers.
Emirates also said a “small number” of passengers had been affected by the changes to US immigration rules enforced by Trump on Saturday, while Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said a “handful of people” had been stopped from flying to the United States from Dubai International Airport.
“The effect has been very minimal at the moment,” he said. “We don’t have the exact figures but literally a handful of people have had to be looked after and repatriated to their point of origin.
Trump has banned nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the US for a four-month period, sparking anger and confusion amongst air passengers, some of whom were left stranded in airports at the weekend.
Emirates said it was assisting affected travellers with their flight re-bookings.
The airline is offering rebooking and refund options to passengers holding passports from the seven affected nations who are […]