Airline bosses call on UK, US to lift travel restrictions
An airliner has just landed at Heathrow Airport, London.
The bosses of all airlines providing passenger services between Britain and the United States on Monday called on country governments to ease Covid-19 restrictions to reopen travel routes between the two countries.
After more than a year of restrictions, the CEOs of American Airlines, IAG British Airways unit, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways said high vaccination rates in both countries meant travel could resume safely.
The push to reopen transatlantic routes on Monday precedes meetings between US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 Advanced Economies meeting later this week in Cornwall, southwest England , this week.
The couple must use the meetings to agree to resume travel, British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said in a statement ahead of an online press conference.
“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,” said Doyle.
As of March 2020, the US has banned almost all non-US citizens who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days from entering the country. Most US travelers visiting the UK are required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
The need for a reopening is much stronger for British airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, which do not benefit from a rebounding domestic market like their American counterparts.