The CEO of Delta Air Lines cast doubt on a potential travel corridor between New York and London amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it would be easier to revive transatlantic flights to ‘pretty much’ n ‘ any other European capital.
Ed Bastian said in an interview with the British Financial Times on Sunday: “I think New York-London is complicated… I think you will find several more open countries on the continent. “
Heathrow in London recently lost its status as Europe’s busiest airport – overtaken by Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
Under the current rules implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans can travel to the UK but are required to spend two weeks in quarantine upon arrival.
British people are not allowed to travel to the United States from London, although flights still arrive in the Big Apple from the British capital and visa holders are still allowed.
The CEO of Delta Air Lines cast doubt on a potential travel corridor between New York and London amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it would be easier to revive transatlantic flights to “just about anywhere what »other European capital
Bastian’s comments come just days after United Airlines launched a month-long pilot program testing flights between the two countries. The first flight from the United States landed at Heathrow on Tuesday morning.
As part of this program, rapid COVID tests will be required for all passengers participating in the trial.
The airline has converted its United Club near gate C93 inside Newark Airport in New York City to an on-site test facility, with the intention that every passenger will receive their results before the flight takes off. .
Delta CEO Ed Bastian (pictured) told the Financial Times it would be easier to restart routes between New York and other European cities
A new pilot project has raised hopes that a London-New York travel corridor will be approved as pressure grows on the government to reopen the busy trade route. Heathrow Airport is pictured above
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps are under increasing pressure from business leaders and the aviation industry to reopen the road.
The London-New York route is one of the busiest in the world and one of the most profitable routes for airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.
The hope is that by sharing the findings of the trial, he will convince the UK and US governments to green light a travel corridor.
Earlier this week tHeathrow Airport boss slammed ‘government lack of action’ to help ailing UK aviation industry after figures showed ‘catastrophic’ 82% drop in passenger numbers last month .
Only 1.25 million people passed through West London Airport last month, up from 7.06 million in October 2019.
North American roads saw the largest decline, 95% year over year.
This comes against the backdrop of a series of difficulties for airlines and airports during the pandemic, which has seen flights canceled and thousands of job losses.
Some 1.25 million people passed through West London Airport last month, up from 7.06 million in October 2019