Delta Air Lines CEO ‘extraordinarily’ hopeful of a transatlantic travel corridor between the UK and the US this summer
The CEO of Delta Air Lines hopes they can open a travel corridor between the UK and the US in the summer.
Ed Bastian said vaccination coverage is so high and both countries’ low infection rates indicate it is’ low risk ‘to travel.
Speaking to CNN, the airline’s boss said: “ We know the medical evidence and documentation as to where the vaccination coverage is for both our countries in the US and the UK, where our countries’ infection rates indicate this extraordinarily low risk for travel between the US and the UK. ‘
It’s because US and UK airlines begged Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to reopen transatlantic travel to save both economies and reunite families who have been separated for over a year.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian hopes they can open a travel corridor between the UK and the US in the summer
Several airlines wrote an open letter with the US Chamber of Commerce last week urging an announcement, and the CEOs of Delta, Virgin, British Airways, American Airlines and JetBlue wrote their own letter on Tuesday.
Mr. Bastian added that this ‘low risk’, which he cited as ‘one in five million’, was provided on the condition that the traveler has been vaccinated or can pass a negative Covid-19 test on board.
He continued, “The UK is the main market for travel between the US in terms of UK travelers coming to the US and the US wanting to go to the UK.”
The airline’s boss added that they are ‘going to show other countries how to do this’, by having a ‘good testing protocol’ and ‘monitoring the results’ to give people the confidence to travel.
Mr Bastian said vaccination coverage is so high and both countries’ low infection rates indicate it is’ low risk ‘to travel (photo: Delta Air Lines file photo)
While Mr. Bastian is confident that domestic travel will increase sharply in the US this summer, he does not think we will see the same trend in international travel until 2022.
He said, “I think you will experience the summer of domestic travel in the US.”
Mr Bastian added: ‘People are just dead to get anywhere, but I don’t think they die to go to Europe.
‘I think they’re just dying to go somewhere and they’re going somewhere they can confidently go and be easily accessible.
Summer of ’22 I think you’ll see the same phenomenon with international travel. ‘
Earlier this week, airline bosses said in a letter that they need sufficient time to plan routes and to crew them after an announcement is made, June 11-13 – when the two leaders will meet at the G7 in Cornwall. , England – the perfect time to announce it.
“The return of transatlantic flying would not only have a significant positive impact on our respective economies, but will also reunite those who have been separated from their loved ones for more than a year.”
He added that the UK is the ‘main market for travel between the US in terms of British travelers coming to the US and the US wanting to enter the UK’ (Photo: Prime Minister Boris Johnson)
Neither Biden nor Boris Johnson have commented on it so far.
Both the US and UK have about a third of their populations vaccinated and travel to and from any country from multiple other countries is allowed, but free travel between them has been banned since March 2020.
Currently, and as has been the case since March last year, a non-US citizen cannot fly directly to America from the UK.
UK rules fluctuate, but currently anyone can fly from the US to the UK as long as they are quarantined for 10 days on arrival and take multiple COVID-19 tests.
A new report on Tuesday from Airlines for America revealed that in the first quarter of 2021 alone, major U.S. carriers lost $ 7 billion between them. That’s on top of the $ 35 billion they lost collectively in 2020.
The report predicted it will take until 2023 for air travel to resume normal levels.
Between February 2020 and February 2021, the number of employees of US airlines fell by 66,000. Globally, it fell by 46,000.
Johnson will meet Joe Biden at G7 next month. The airline industry says now is the perfect time to announce that open travel between the US and the UK can be resumed – which has been banned since March last year.
A coalition of airlines, including British Airways, begged the two world leaders to reopen. The airlines have taken tens of thousands of staff on leave or layoff and have survived the last 14 months only on cargo flights
The US has moved to a list of Amber countries in the UK, including dozens of others.
THE RULES FOR TRAVEL UK-US
ENTERING AMERICA FROM THE UK
No non-citizen can enter the US from the UK without a visa waiver or other special circumstances.
The UK is on a list of banned countries, along with 27 in Europe, Iran, China, India and South Africa, from which direct travel is banned if it happened in the past 2 weeks.
WHO CAN TRAVEL TO AMERICA?
Any other country in the world that is not on the banned list.
ENTERING THE UK FROM AMERICA
The US is now on a list of ‘Amber’ countries in the UK, meaning people can travel from there, but upon arrival in the UK, they must be quarantined for 10 days and pass multiple COVID-19 tests.
WHO CAN TRAVEL TO THE UK?
Only countries on the ‘Green’ list can travel freely to the UK and only from 17 May.
Those countries are; Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
From 17 May, only people traveling from ‘green’ countries will be able to freely enter the UK.
Those countries are Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
Travel to the US is permitted from any country in the world except the UK, Europe, China, Iran, UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India.
A UK citizen living in America therefore cannot return home to the UK and then fly back to America, under current rules, and a US citizen living in the UK could only do so if they were quarantined for 10 days when they returned and did COVID-19 tests.
Now airlines say it is time to change that. The airline coalition had 48 signatures, but was led by Virgin.
In their letter of May 3, they said: “ We are convinced that the right tools now exist to enable a safe and meaningful restart of transatlantic travel, ” said the letter from 49 industry groups and unions on both sides from the Atlantic Ocean.
“Safely reopening the US-UK borders is essential for both countries’ economic recovery after Covid-19.”
White House press officer Jen Psaki said last week that there will never be a federally mandated vaccine passport.
It begs the question of what it takes for the US to reopen to travel, as everyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for a vaccine. America will also make children under the age of 15 eligible for the vaccine starting Thursday.
The flight from London to New York was the most lucrative in the world before the pandemic. There were dozens of them a day, with multiple airlines flying in and out of different airports.
The pandemic paralyzed the aviation industry, which had to drastically shorten flight schedules and lay off tens of thousands of employees.
A new report on Tuesday from Airlines for America revealed that U.S. carriers have suffered $ 7 billion in losses in the first quarter of 2021 alone, on top of the $ 35 billion lost in 2020.
Everyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for a vaccine in America, and a third of the country has received at least one dose
About a third of the UK population is fully vaccinated and 35 million – more than half of the country – have received their first dose