US airlines have joined almost 50 other aviation and travel organisations, appealing to the governments of the USA and UK to open up a travel corridor between the two countries “as soon as safely possible”.
The letter to US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, dated 3 May, says the successful vaccination efforts in both countries so far have created “a significant opportunity for the UK and US … to re-open this crucial air corridor safely”.
The letter is signed by 48 unions, airlines, lobby groups, airports and other related aviation and tourism organisations from both countries. Signatories include Airlines for America (A4A), Virgin Atlantic, Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) and London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports – US visitors’ primary gateways into the UK.
“Safely reopening borders between the US and UK is essential for both countries’ economic recovery from Covid-19,” the letter reads. “Given the deep…