Airline CEOs on Both Sides of the Pond Call for Summit to Restart Transatlantic Travel

By Kurt Stolz on 12 May 2021
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The CEOs of five U.S. and UK passenger airlines called on Tuesday for a summit with the governments of both countries to hasten the reopening of transatlantic travel.

“The airline industry needs adequate lead time to establish a plan for restarting air services, including scheduling aircraft and crews for these routes as well as for marketing and selling tickets,” the CEOs of American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic Airways wrote in a letter to the transport chiefs of both countries.

In March 2020, the United States began to bar virtually all non-citizens who had recently been in the United Kingdom amidst the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter said that citizens on both sides of the Pond “would benefit from the significant testing capability and the successful trials of digital applications to verify health credentials.”

The move comes on the heels of a call by a transatlantic group of travel-related industries called on the United States and the United Kingdom to fully reopen the travel market between the two countries “as soon as safely possible.”

“The return of transatlantic flying would not only have a significantly positive impact on our respective economies but will also reunite those who have been separated from their loved ones for over a year,” a letter sent by the group to President Joseph Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, read.

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