Coronavirus | US, UK should reopen commercial travel again

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Coronavirus | US, UK should reopen commercial travel again

Business leaders in the transatlantic space want the U.K. and the U.K. to reopen commercial travel again.

In a joint letter released on Monday to British Airways' corporate website, multiple airline executives called for the two countries to enact travel restrictions that had been put in place for the coronavirus pandemic, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, United Airlines and American Airlines.

The new call to action comes days before the annual G7 summit for the 47th time, which is set to be held between June 11 and 13 in Cornwall, England.

Ahead of the economic summit, the open letter suggests that reactivation of suspended airline routes between the U.K. and the United States could boost the world economy.

For the European country in particular, the letter claims the U.S. is losing nearly $32.5 million per day due to current travel restrictions that are allegedly hindering their trade with the Europe.

Reopening travel between the US and UK is a critical next step in both the recovery of the economy and the global economy, said American Airlines Chairman Doug Parker in a statement. With vaccine availability continuing to expand, we know that our business and leisure customers are increasingly eager to cross the Atlantic, and we know that when they do it will give a major boost to the economies in the US, UK and around the world.

In both countries, about 42% of the population are completely vaccinated for COVID 19 as of Wednesday afternoon according to the stats maintained by Our World in Data a global online science publication.

With millions of people on track to take a second dose, airline leaders believe that the U.S. and the UK are low-risk countries.

Additionally, CEOs noted that commercial protocol for coronavirus safety following has helped to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 on commercial flights.

Although the letter did not specify which safety protocols have been instituted for coronavirus, most airlines and airports have required protective face mask wear for passengers and crew in addition to the enhanced cleaning process.

CEO Scott Kirby cited data from test flights between Heathrow Airport in New Jersey and Newark Liberty International Airport in London have shown there are near highly non-existent rates of viral transmission when safety procedures are in place.

During the pandemic, experts have encouraged governments, businesses and the public to follow science. United and other airlines have done just that and implemented the necessary safety protocols to re-open key international routes like the air corridor between our two countries, Kirby said in a statement. And now travelers, through a verified mobile app, can upload international test results and vaccine records before they board to travel internationally. All this with the successful leadership of vaccination efforts from both governments, no interests are served by delaying reopening these important air routes any longer.

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