There are increasing concerns that travel between the UK and the US won’t restart until the end of November, according to reports.
There had been hopes that flights would be able to resume next month, after US Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci said there was a ‘reasonable chance’ travel could open up by the end of the summer, but it now looks unlikely until after Thanksgiving on 25 November.
The UK changed its policy at the beginning of August to say that fully jabbed US travellers can visit the UK without having to quarantine, but so far the US has not budged on its UK travel ban, which has been in place since March 2020.
But the Telegraph is reporting an unnamed airline is pushing back the launch of its scheduled London-New York flights from September to November.
Virgin Atlantic has also delayed restarting Heathrow-Las Vegas services until at least mid-September, it reported. The airline has urged Mr Biden to ease restrictions on fully jabbed UK passengers, saying there is ‘no reason to delay’.
Henry Smith, Chairman of the all-party Future of Aviation group told the Telegraph: “The figures are going in the wrong direction for the US.
“I don’t see any appetite in the US to open up sooner rather than later.
“It is slightly different for the US because they have such a big domestic market, which means international travel makes up a smaller proportion of the industry’s revenues.”