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Air travel to U.S. drops in first quarter, Canada, Mexico gain – ForwardKeys

BERLIN (Reuters) – Air passenger arrivals in the United States fell in the first quarter of the year, while arrivals in Canada and Mexico rose, according to data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys.

Travellers from the Middle East and Europe were possibly deterred by uncertainty over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, as well as the strong dollar, it said on Wednesday.

Long-haul arrivals in the U.S. dropped by 4.3 percent in the first quarter, ForwardKeys, which analyses 16 million flight booking transactions a day from major global reservation systems, said.

On Tuesday, Emirates airline signalled that its U.S. expansion plans were on hold until demand recovers from a slowdown that the airline has blamed on Trump’s travel restrictions.

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