Aviation bosses call for the US to be added to the UK's green travel list

Airline leaders called Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden at their meeting this week to ease restrictions on transatlantic travel.

Heads of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport joined high-ranking figures from the United States in calling for inter-country travel to be reopened.

They published the plea at a joint virtual press conference held prior to the meeting between Mr Johnson and Mr Biden ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The US is currently on the UK’s yellow list, which means arriving travelers must self-isolate for 10 days.

Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said travelers should be able to enter the UK from the US without being quarantined.

He said: “There is no reason for the US not to be on the UK green list.

“This overly cautious approach cannot take advantage of the successful vaccination programs in both the UK and the US.

“Although the transatlantic links with the US are limited, it costs the UK economy £ 23 million every day.

“We call on Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden to lead the way in opening the skies and make this a top priority of the G7 summit.

“Customers, families and companies need to book and travel with confidence. After 15 months of restrictions, now is the time to act. “

Sean Doyle, chairman and chief executive of British Airways, urged the men to “look to science and base their judgments on an appropriate risk analysis”.

He said: “In the UK, this means making the traffic light system useful, including a path to unrestricted travel for vaccinated travelers, and removing the complexity around the Amber List countries, removing quarantine and reducing the number of tests, which passengers are exposed to are required to take. “

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Connectivity between the UK and the US is one of the great engines of the world economy.

“The scientific data shows that transatlantic travel and trade can be safely reopened, and every day that policymakers delay unnecessarily endangers jobs, livelihoods and the economic opportunities of hardworking people in our countries.

“We can’t stay locked up indefinitely.”

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