Emirates airline has had to change flight attendant and pilot
rosters on services to the United States following the sudden US
travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, an airline
spokeswoman said Sunday.
“The recent change to the US entry requirements for nationals of
7 countries applies to all travellers and flight operations
crew,” the spokeswoman said in emailed comments. “We have made
the necessary adjustments to our crewing, to comply with the
A separate spokeswoman later told Reuters by phone the impact of
the roster changes on the airline would be minimal due to its
Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul airline, employs over
23,000 flight attendants and around 4,000 pilots from around the
world including from the US, Europe and Middle East, the
The airline is owned by the government of Dubai, part of
Muslim-majority and US ally the United Arab Emirates. It flies
daily from Dubai to 11 US cities including New York, Washington
D.C. and Los Angeles, and will add a 12th US destination in
Etihad Airways, based in the UAE’s Abu Dhabi, did not immediately
comment on the impact of the ban on its flight crew. A Qatar
Airways spokeswoman directed Reuters to a statement on its
website that said passengers would need a green card or
diplomatic visa to enter the US Emirates and Etihad have a
similar statement on their websites.
President Donald Trump signed an order on Friday suspending the
entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and
Yemen for at least 90 days.
The ban caught the airline industry off guard, according to the
International Air Transport Association.
“To date, no Emirates crew has been impacted by the change,” the
initial spokeswoman said. On Saturday, Emirates said that a “very
small number” of its passengers travelling had been affected by
Emirates “continues to comply with the guidance provided to us by
the US Customs and Border Protection” and US flights are
operating to schedule, the airline said on Sunday.