London to New York “air corridor” could be in place by November


US officials are reviving stalled talks on creating an “air corridor” between London and New York, it was reported on Saturday, with hopes that a system could be in place in time for Thanksgiving.

The American holiday, November 26 this year, typically sees large numbers of people flying overseas and domestically, to visit relatives and take days off.

UK and US officials discussed the possibility of an air corridor between London and New York earlier this year, but talks have now increased the urgency as Thanksgiving and Christmas approached.

The Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies are once again trying to establish safe travel corridors between the United States and international destinations, the le journal Wall Street reported.

Establishing these routes would require travelers to be tested for Covid-19 before their flight and again on arrival, which would allow them to avoid long quarantines at destination.

Covid tests could be introduced at London and New York airports to create an ‘air corridor’(Getty)

Talks are also underway with German officials, the newspaper said.

A homeland security official said the agency’s work to “safely encourage transatlantic travel while mitigating public health risks” was in its infancy.

Currently, US citizens traveling to the UK must be quarantined for 14 days and cannot travel throughout most of the European Union.

Travelers from the UK and Europe are not allowed to enter the US unless they are US citizens or permanent residents.

On October 1, Tampa Airport in Florida became the first in the United States to sell Covid tests to passengers who wished to have one.

Before boarding or after landing, travelers can get a $ 57 (£ 44) antigen test with 88% accuracy that gives results within 15 minutes, or a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) of $ 125 (£ 96) with 95% accuracy. but takes 48 hours to deliver results. Travelers with tickets can visit the airport in the days before their flight for PCR testing.

Departing passengers who test positive on the antigen test will be advised not to board.

The tests are not compulsory.

According to plans for the New York-London air corridor, however, testing would be mandatory before boarding and the cost, as yet unspecified, would likely be borne by the passenger.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, said on September 30 that progress was being made and that he hoped the flights would be “operational” by the end of November.

“The Prime Minister told us he hoped to go to trial in the second half of October,” he said.

“I would love to have a New York-London pilot up and running before Thanksgiving. It seems quite achievable.


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