US journey is again for UK holidaymakers from November – newest updates from airways together with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic forward of borders reopening to vaccinated guests
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British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have welcomed the information that the USA is reopening borders to Brits later this yr.
The nation can be welcoming again totally vaccinated Brits from early November, marking the tip of a journey ban that has been in place for almost 18 months.
Beneath the present guidelines, the USA’s borders are closed to anybody who has been within the UK inside the earlier 14 days, which means that holidays had been off the playing cards for Brits.
That included locations which have at all times been well-liked with UK holidaymakers akin to Orlando, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
In line with an ABTA spokesperson, the USA “is by far our hottest lengthy haul vacation spot and in a standard yr attracts virtually 5 million guests from the UK”.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are amongst among the main airways which provided direct flights between the UK and USA, with each having nonetheless operated a small variety of flights. (The USA had a handful of exemptions beneath the journey ban akin to American nationals).
Sean Doyle, British Airways CEO and Chairman mentioned: “At present’s information, which is able to see our two nations reunited after greater than 18 months aside, marks a historic second and one which is able to present an enormous increase to International Britain because it emerges from this pandemic.
“We’re immensely grateful to the Prime Minister and his Authorities for all of the arduous work that is gone into securing this cope with the US, and which builds upon final Friday’s announcement on the lifting of many journey restrictions. Our prospects ought to now really feel that the world is re-opening to them and so they can e book their journeys with confidence.”
In the meantime Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s CEO mentioned that the announcement was a “main milestone to the reopening of journey at scale, permitting customers and companies to e book journey to the US with confidence”.
He added: “Because the UK forges its restoration from the pandemic, the reopening of the transatlantic hall and the lifting of Presidential Order 212F acknowledges the good progress each nations have made in rolling out profitable vaccine programmes.
“The UK will now be capable of strengthen ties with our most necessary financial associate, the US, boosting commerce and tourism in addition to reuniting pals, households and enterprise colleagues. We’re grateful to Prime Minister Johnson and the UK Authorities, the Biden administration and our business companions for his or her collaboration.
“The US has been our heartland for greater than 37 years since our first flight to New York Metropolis in 1984. We’re merely not Virgin with out the Atlantic. After 18 months of uncertainty, we can’t wait to welcome our prospects again onboard, flying them safely to their favorite US vacation spot.”
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