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Aviation and travel groups call for reopening of US-UK travel

04 May 2021 (Last Updated May 4th, 2021 15:50)

A coalition of the US and European travel and aviation groups has urged the Governments of the US and the UK to reopen the air travel market 'as soon as safely possible' between the two nations.

Aviation and travel groups call for reopening of US-UK travel
US and European aviation and travel groups urged to reopen US-UK travel. Credit: Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida / Pixabay.

A coalition of the US and European travel and aviation groups has urged the Governments of the US and the UK to reopen the air travel market ‘as soon as safely possible’ between the two nations.

The travel industry groups of both nations have written a letter to their leaders for a full resumption of the US to the UK air travel sector.

In the letter, the groups stated that the leaders of both nations have planned a meeting in early June and it would be a perfect opportunity to announce the full reopening of the US-UK air travel market for both citizens.

The letter to US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: “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.

“Safely reopening borders between the US and UK is essential for both countries’ economic recovery from Covid-19.”

The industry organisations who signed the letter include the US Chamber of Commerce, Airlines for America, Global Business Travel Association, Air Line Pilots Association, Virgin Atlantic, Association of UK Airlines, Aerospace Industries Association and others.

The US has restricted almost all non-US citizens who have recently travelled to the UK from the US since March last year.

Executives of the EU have recommended easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions into the EU states for travellers from next month to boost the tourism industry this summer.