June 7. The six largest airlines that fly between the U.S. and the U.K. have ratcheted up a public push for a swift reopening of travel between the two countries.
The CEOs of American, British Airways, Delta, United, Virgin Atlantic and JetBlue appeared jointly via video conference Monday to call on President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reach an agreement on a U.S.-U.K. travel corridor when they meet Thursday in Cornwall, England, ahead of Friday’s beginning of the G7 Summit.
The carriers want the U.K. to place the U.S. on its “green list” of countries from which incoming travelers aren’t subject to a 10-day quarantine. They also are imploring the U.S. to end its ban on most incoming travel from the U.K., which has been in place since March 2020.
The airlines said that reopening U.S.-U.K. travel is an economic imperative. The U.S. is the U.K.’s largest trading partner. Before the pandemic, approximately 5 million people traveled between the two countries each year, according to British Airways CEO Sean Doyle. Heathrow alone, said Holland-Kaye, typically has flights to more than 30 U.S. cities, and some 30 flights per day typically operate between the New York area and London.
The executives also asserted that flying between the two countries is safe because of high vaccination rates. Delta’s consulting partners at the Mayo Clinic have told the airline that a passenger has an approximately one in a million chance of contracting Covid-19 on flight between the U.S. and the U.K., Bastian said.
Source: Travel Weekly