The CEOs of all the airlines that offer UK-USA passenger flights have joined with Heathrow Airport to call for the reopening of transatlantic travel after over a year of travel restrictions.
American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have all come together and pointed out that both the UK and USA have world leading vaccination programmes which should allow for travel to reopen between the two countries.
In the UK, more than 75 per cent of the adult population have received at least their first vaccination, compared to nearly 65 per cent of adults in the USA. All airline CEOs have urged the governments to take a data-driven approach to reopen the borders.
The CEOs were speaking of the merits of having the USA on the UK’s ‘green list’ so passengers travelling from the US would not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK. Benefits would also arise from the US lifting the UK travel ban in return.
Chairman and CEO of British Airways Sean Doyle said:
“As President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet this week, they must address the transatlantic ban that is separating our two low-risk countries at a major cost to our citizens and economies. We urgently need them to look to the science and base their judgements on a proper risk analysis, allowing us all to benefit from the protection offered by our successful vaccine rollouts.
In the UK this means making the traffic light system fit for purpose, including a pathway to restriction-free travel for vaccinated travellers, and getting rid of complexity surrounding ‘amber list’ countries, eliminating quarantine and reducing the number of tests passengers are required to take.”