Emirates CEO: Bookings To U.S. Fell 35% Because Of Trump Travel Ban
President Donald Trump’s travel ban from January has been a big topic of conversation when it was first put into action by Executive Order.
The ban even led some to protest the weekend of its inception, which caused large crowds of people to take to airports in opposition to the order.
Now, Emirates Airlines CEO Tim Clark claims that the travel ban in January led to a 35% decrease in booked travel on the airline to the United States. According to Clark, “The first U.S. travel order saw the booking velocity fall by 35% overnight. The effect it had was instantaneous.
Clark said that the new order, which was released by the White House this past week, has provided some clarity and has led to the pendulum swinging slightly back to an increase in bookings, but he still claims that it is still impacting bookings. He said, “When will it recapture the original booking curve is anyone’s guess.”
It will be interesting to see if other airlines report on similar findings. There have been reports from different surveys that suggest there was a decrease in travel, but this is the first time (to my knowledge) where an airline company has explicitly stated/claimed an actual decrease in their hard numbers. That being said, Clark didn’t point to any substantive way to measure whether the decrease in bookings was directly related to the travel ban, and I am sure it would be hard to determine that is the explicit reason. The company can only surmise that the correlation is also a causation.