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Transatlantic travel must be opened up without delay, according to a coalition of industry bosses.
Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Heathrow Airport and a group of US travel bosses are urging President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put a UK-US travel corridor “on the agenda” when they meet at the G7 conference in Cornwall this week.
“In the UK, a day’s delay of opening up the corridor between UK and US costs the economy £23 million,” Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday.
He said he had supported the traffic light system for the resumption of travel, but that it had not been put into use: “[the] data and methodology underpinning decisions not been made public or clear to any of us,” he added. “Malta, the US and Caribbean should definitely be on green status.”
Mr Weiss’ comments came as Portugal, the only major summer sun destination on the green list, turned amber.
Gibraltar is now the only green-listed destination that is fully open to unvaccinated Britons and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that summer holidays abroad are off for the “medium term” because of the need to protect domestic freedoms “at all costs”.
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What happened yesterday?
Here’s a recap of the main headlines from Monday:
- Spain opens borders to all vaccinated tourists
- Holidaymakers race back from Portugal to beat quarantine
- Cruise ships return to Venice
- Randox cuts PCR travel testing costs to ‘cheapest available’
- Just 1.5% of Portugal arrivals tested positive for Covid before it was amber-listed
- Hancock: Resuming travel ‘challenging’
Now onto today’s news