Airlines and airports across the GCC and wider Middle East have confirmed changes to their operations after US President Donald Trump’s call for immigration restrictions but have said any impact has been minimal.
Emirates has said that the number of cabin and flight deck crew from the seven countries is “a very small number” so doesn’t have a “significant” impact on rostering, according to a email statement toArabian Business.
In an emailed statement, Emirates Airlines said, “We have made the necessary adjustments to our crewing to comply with the latest requirements. Emirates continues to operate flights to the US as scheduled. With regards to entry requirements for travel to/from the USA, Emirates continues to comply with the guidance provided to us by the US Customs and Border Protection.”
Etihad Airways has also confirmed assisting passengers with issues related to flying to the US. “A number of our passengers have been affected,” the company said in a statement. “Where permitted, the airline has offered changes or refunds and rebooked passengers, as per our updated policy.”
However, flight crews were unaffected after “steps to ensure there will be no issues for flights departing over the coming weeks,” said a company spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways advised passengers bound for the United States on Saturday from seven newly banned majority Muslim countries that they needed to have either a US green card or diplomatic visa.
Trump signed an executive order on 27 January ordering extreme vetting and visa bans to refugees as well as citizens and dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, all muslim-majority countries.