Reopening Transatlantic Travel for Economic Recovery

June 20, (THEWILL)- Amid renewed efforts to rejig the global aviation industry hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, industry leaders have reopened talks to resume transatlantic travel. ANTHONY AWUNOR draws attention to practical steps taken by key nations’ players towards actualising this objective

The CEOs of all airlines that offer UK-US passenger services – American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic – joined  Heathrow Airport and other industry-leading CEOs in calling for the reopening of transatlantic travel, a move described as essential to igniting economic recovery.

At the G7 meeting recently held in Cornwall, world leaders also pushed for the reopening of the UK-US travel corridor. With leading vaccination programmes in both the UK and US, there is a clear opportunity to safely open up travel between these two low-risk countries, thereby enabling consumers on both sides of the Atlantic to reconnect with loved ones, re-establish business relationships and explore new destinations after more than a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions.

The CEOs urged both governments to take a data-driven and risk-based approach to re-opening borders to travel.

A line-up of chief executives that included American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker; British Airways CEO and Chairman, Sean Doyle; Delta Air Lines CEO, Ed Bastian; Heathrow Airport CEO, John Holland-Kaye; JetBlue CEO, Robin Hayes; United CEO, Scott Kirby; US Travel Association President and CEO, Roger Dow; and Virgin Atlantic CEO, Shai Weiss, joined forces at the panel event hosted by Duncan Edwards, Chief Executive of British American Business.

The participants spoke up after more than a year of travel restrictions that have deeply impacted the global economy, trade and tourism between the two countries. They discussed the merits of having the US on the UK’s ‘green list’,…

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