UK and US urged to reopen transatlantic travel corridor

The US and UK have been urged to get around the table to agree the reopening of transatlantic travel.

The US was placed on the amber list of destinations when the government announced on Friday its traffic light system to reopen international travel from May 17.

Amber countries require ten days quarantine at home on return to England plus Covid testing.

US Travel Association president and chief executive Roger Dow said: “The UK’s decision to put the United States on their amber status for reopening just isn’t backed by the science.

“Putting the US on amber status ignores the scientific data regarding increasing vaccination rates, lower infection rates and that the US has the right strategies in place to mitigate risk.

“The US needs to demonstrate leadership and come to the table with the UK and increase dialogue to allow for a reopening of travel with one of our most important international partners.”

He added: “The US economy will lose $262 billion and 1.1 million jobs if its borders remain shut, and putting a roadmap and timelines forward to quickly create a US-U.K. travel corridor would be low-risk for both countries and high-reward economically.”

His call echoes demands from airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic which rely on North Atlantic routes for the bulk of their profits.

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