Flights to the United States have resumed after a 20-month hiatus.
On Monday morning, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic coordinated their first flights to New York, as consumer interest in visiting the United States grows.
The US has reopened its international borders to fully vaccinated arrivals after a 20-month travel ban was imposed on the UK and Europe by then-US President Donald Trump on March 12, 2020.
On Monday morning, rival airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic coordinated their first flights of the day, departing Heathrow’s parallel runways shortly after 8.50 a.m. for JFK in New York.
A SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) derived from cooking oil accounts for just over a third of the fuel used on the British Airways flight.
According to the airline, the overall CO2 emissions of the flight are more than 50% lower than those of the now-retired 747 aircraft that previously operated on this route.
Prior to the pandemic, the London-New York routes were among the most profitable in the world, with British Airways earning more than (dollar)1.15 billion between 2018 and 2019, when the two cities had around 600 flights per month.
In general, the United States welcomed nearly five million visitors from the United Kingdom each year.
According to Abta – The Travel Association, nearly one-fifth of those planning a vacation abroad intend to visit the United States in the next 12 months, making it the second most popular vacation destination after Spain.
“The United States is also a destination where people go to study, visit friends and relatives, and do business,” said Mark Tanzer, CEO of Abta – The Travel Association.
The reconnection of the United States and the United Kingdom is an important step in the recovery of international travel.”
JetBlue, the only airline offering New York flights from Gatwick, has launched a no-frills transatlantic service between Gatwick and New York JFK, anticipating a surge in demand. Since Virgin Atlantic moved its flights to Heathrow and Norwegian permanently ceased operations, JetBlue is the only airline offering New York flights from Gatwick.
Return fares start at £330 in May.
According to US regulations, passengers must wear a mask and be fully vaccinated on board the flight.
Non-US citizens must show proof of full vaccination, as well as a negative, in order to board their flight.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy
Flights to the United States have resumed after a 20-month suspension.
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