‘Safe Travel Corridor’ Between New York and London in Discussion

By Kurt Stolz on 10 October 2020
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Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Airport

Transatlantic air travel has been at a near standstill since mid-March, effectively shutting down the world’s busiest route based on the number of available seat miles, or ASMs, namely New York JFK – London Heathrow.

U.S. officials hope to reopen travel between the United States and Europe by creating safe travel corridors, also known as air bridges or travel bubbles, for travel across the pond.  Such an effort would require passengers to be tested for the coronavirus before departure and also upon arrival.  A negative test would allow the traveler to avoid a 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

The news was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Talks to bring about an effort to “safely encourage trans-Atlantic travel while mitigating public-health risks” were in their early stages, a Department of Homeland Security official told the paper.  In addition to talks with the United Kingdom, the United States is also in touch with German authorities about the concept.

Some countries including Austria and Iceland already support airport testing upon arrival and experts are skeptical if a pre-departure test would significantly reduce the overseas spread of the virus.

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