CEOs call for reopening of transatlantic air transport

The CEOs of the five carriers that offer passenger services between the UK and the US – American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic – as well as JetBlue, which launches services later this summer, teamed up to appeal to the UK and US governments. for the reopening of the UK-US travel corridor.

Airline bosses, along with Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye and US Travel Association chairman and CEO Roger Dow, launched the call during a panel hosted by Duncan Edwards, Managing Director of BritishAmerican Business.

The call precedes this week’s G7 meeting in Cornwall.

As of Monday, about 63.5% of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while about half of adults – 139 million people – have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. In the UK, nearly 68 million vaccines have been administered in total, according to the government, of which 27.7 million have been fully immunized.

As part of the call to governments, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been asked to consider removing the need for travelers returning to the UK from ‘green list’ countries to take a PCR test at their home. arrival, instead calling for lateral flow testing, used in nursing homes and schools, only positive tests requiring PCR testing.

Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said: “There is no reason the US should be off the UK green list. This overly cautious approach is failing to reap the rewards of successful vaccination programs in the UK and US. ties with the US are tight, costing the UK economy £ 23million every day. “

Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “As President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet this week, they must address the transatlantic ban that separates our two low-risk countries at a cost major for our citizens and our economies. We urgently need them to turn to science and base their judgments on an appropriate risk analysis, allowing us all to benefit from the protection offered by our successful vaccine deployments.

“In the UK this means making the traffic light system fit for purpose, including a path to unrestricted travel for vaccinated travelers, and getting rid of the complexity surrounding ‘Amber List’ countries, eliminating quarantine and reducing the number of tests required for passengers to take. “

Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, said: “It is clear that the infection rates in our countries indicate an extraordinarily low risk of traveling between the United States and the United Kingdom, provided travelers are vaccinated. or can produce a negative PCR test before boarding a flight. . “

Originally posted by BTN Europe.

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