HYDERABAD: April turns out to be a cruel month for Hyderabad travel agents who are usually inundated with reservations in the US during this time of year. But thanks to the recent repression by the America administration at the entrance of travelers, their business on the Hyderabad-US route has decreased by 20 to 25%.
Besides tourists, even the passage of students to the West has decreased this season, say the agents.
“Except those who have obligations and have to travel to meet their families living there, no one else seems to advance to make reservations,” said Anusha Modi, general manager of a city-based agency, Travel bug. She added: “Tourists who are planning a vacation in the United States during the next summer holidays cancel their tickets due to the new visa restrictions and stringent control procedures introduced by the authorities there.”
In addition, Emirates Airline recently reduced its services to the America from Dubai by citing a number of reasons including increased security measures, restrictions on visa issuance, restrictions on the transport of electronic devices in luggage of cabin. These, according to the carrier, had a negative impact on its activities.
“This drop in passenger traffic to the United States from Hyderabad was expected, and it is unlikely that the situation will change rapidly, with some passengers in companies that prefer Qatar, Emirates or Etihad, Other airlines (with services in the United States) because of the restriction on the transport of electronic goods in the cabin of the aircraft, “said Abdul Majid Faheem, President, Travel Agent Division of India Chapter Hyderabad).
However, Etihad Airways has not experienced any significant change in demand on flights to and from the United States in recent weeks. Demand continues to remain strong on the 45 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and its six US gates in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas.
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A spokesman said as of June 1, the second daily service Abu Dhabi-New York Etihad Airways will be upgraded to an A380, making its twice daily flights on the route and a super jumbo operation. This demonstrates our continued commitment to the US market, regardless of recent developments. Etihad Airways flies 3 times a day to Hyderabad.