'Give us dates for UK-US restart, not more taskforces'

‘Give us dates for UK-US restart, not more taskforces’

Grant Shapps will head up a new Atlantic travel taskforce

Grant Shapps will oversee a new taskforce exploring how UK-US travel can resume safely, which is expected to be announced as part of a new Atlantic Charter on Thursday (10 June).

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden will meet ahead of the G7 summit (11-13 June) to discuss a variety of key issues including the pandemic, climate change and travel.

The Atlantic Charter will feature a “principled commitment” to open up travel between the UK and the US “as soon as possible”.

However, the proposal was given a lukewarm welcome by travel on Thursday, with travel leaders calling for a more certain and immediate commitment to reopening UK-US travel.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss said that while the creation of an Atlantic travel taskforce recognised the importance of the UK-US travel corridor and was a first step towards reopening the skies, the absence of a “definitive timeframe” meant it fell short of providing airlines,…

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