Thu. Jan 28th, 2021

Airlines have called on the US and UK governments to launch a passenger testing trial for flights between New York and London, as a way to get closer to normal travel, reports Sky News.
Executives of airlines for America, UK, Heathrow Airport, and Virgin Atlantic said “passenger testing solutions in air travel” between New York and London should be in place by the end of the month to “gather real world evidence and data”.
In a letter seen by Reuters news agency, they wrote: “We believe that in the immediate absence of a vaccine, testing of passengers in aviation provides the best and most effective frontline defence.”
There were more than 14,000 flights between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow last year, making it the busiest international long-haul route in the world.
However, under coronavirus restrictions, Britons cannot enter the US directly from the UK and those travelling from the US to the UK must isolate for two weeks on their arrival.
Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president at Airlines for America, which represents American Airlines Co, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, said: “One of the key steps to recovery is setting up an international pilot programme between the US and either Europe, Canada, somewhere in the Pacific.”
Such a programme could help eliminate some of the international quarantines currently in place, she added. (Source: Sky News)

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