Aviation industry calls for reopening of US-UK travel market

A group of companies and organizations in the aviation industry is calling on government officials to reopen the air transport market in the United States and Europe “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

According to Reuters.com, airlines, unions, businesses and airport groups on Monday sent a letter to US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling on the couple to reopen the transatlantic air corridor to non-essential travelers.

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Groups that signed the letter include the United States 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.

Biden and Johnson are set to meet in early June, which aviation industry officials say would be the perfect time to announce the “full reopening of the US-UK air transport market to US citizens. and British “.

The United States banned nearly all non-nationals arriving from the United Kingdom in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The return of transatlantic flights would not only have a significant positive impact on our respective economies, but would also reunite those who have been separated from their loved ones for more than a year,” the letter said. “The safe reopening of the borders between the United States and the United Kingdom is essential for the economic recovery of both countries after COVID-19. “

The European Union unveiled plans for the return of foreign visitors on Monday, saying international arrivals will be able to visit the EU two weeks after receiving the last dose of an approved vaccine.

Discussions on the exact plans to reopen the borders to non-essential travelers began on Tuesday.