U.S. officials are said to be in talks with members of the British government about creating a potential “transatlantic air bridge” that would allow air travel between New York and London amid the coronavirus pandemic.
An anonymous source told the UK Telegraph on Wednesday that “discussions are taking place at a very high level” and that the airlift would be “vital to restarting business”.
When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the UK Department for Transport did not deny the allegations.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Federal Aviation Authority and officials from New York State and municipal governments for a statement.
Under current rules, British citizens are not allowed to go on vacation to the United States under an ordinance put in place by President Trump in March.
Meanwhile, US citizens can fly to the UK, but must self-isolate for 14 days or risk a fine of $ 1,245.
The call of London! U.S. officials are said to be in talks with members of the British government about creating a potential “transatlantic air bridge” that would allow air travel between New York and London amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Under current rules, British citizens are not allowed to go on vacation to the United States under an ordinance put in place by President Trump in March. The creation of the “airlift” could lead to flooding of tourists directly from London
Under the potential new rules, New York residents would not be required to self-quarantine in London and could immediately start sightseeing.
Likewise, residents arriving from London could likely get off the plane and explore the Big Apple.
The move may irritate some US citizens, given that US residents of 28 states are currently required to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in New York.
It is believed that the “transatlantic airlift” would only be for residents of New York and London and other areas where COVID-19 transmission rates are low.
The fact that the deal would not be open to all UK and US citizens could spark accusations of cultural elitism,
The seven-hour plane ride from London to New York was one of the most popular flight paths in the world before the coronavirus pandemic cut off all but essential travel between the two cities.
New York was once the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, but the number of recent cases has been quite low.
The cumulative number of new cases of COVID-19 over the past week is 7.2 per 100,000 residents. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that only 0.24% of coronavirus tests now return positive results.
The Big Apple reported just 260 new cases of the virus on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of new cases in London is a bit higher, at 11.3 per 100,000 population.
However, the city also managed to flatten its curve.
Heathrow Airport (pictured) may soon reopen flights to New York for London tourists keen to see the Big Apple
Businesses in New York and London have been crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, and many tourism-related businesses are struggling to survive.
While many tourist attractions have been closed for months, several are now starting to reopen, which could provide much needed economic boost as winter approaches.
The Big Apple Museums have been allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is expected to start accepting visitors next Saturday.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will also take place in November.
However, if the transatlantic airlift comes to fruition, visitors to the UK can still expect New York City to look and feel a little different.
Broadway will remain closed until at least next January, and the city is currently experiencing an alarming rise in violent crime.
Those who arrive in New York for vacation will find a very different city. Broadway shows are closed until next year and violent crime is on the rise