Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden will today announce a task force to reopen travel across the Atlantic.
But the plan to revitalize transatlantic travel has been rejected by industry leaders because it contains no concrete proposals.
Non-quarantine travel between the two countries for fully vaccinated citizens had been seen as a likely first step, but the United States is said to have reservations about the anti-vaccine characteristics of the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
Biden and Johnson are expected to agree on an updated version of the Atlantic Charter, a 1941 agreement between Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt that laid the foundation for the post-war world order.
But the industry seemed unconfident that it would result in a travel corridor, describing it as “the latest in a long line of travel task forces that have so far only devastated our industry.”
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters during a press briefing on Air Force One on the plan.
He said: “We have created two expert working groups – public health experts: one with the UK and one with the European Union.
“The purpose of these working groups is to share data and define both milestones and criteria to allow travel between our two countries to reopen as quickly as possible, in accordance with public health guidelines. “
Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss described its creation as “a first step towards reopening the skies,” but warned that “the lack of a definitive timeline” means airlines, businesses and airlines. consumers have not been given the “much needed clarity”.
US President Joe Biden after landing in UK after arriving from America for G7 talks
Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with Mr Biden on resumption of US travel
Biden and Johnson to announce new Atlantic charter on the model of that announced by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during World War II
He said: “Restrictions on transatlantic travel cost the UK £ 23million every day and despite one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, the UK is now behind on reopening of the EU.
“For global Britain to be considered the best place to do business, visit and invest, the UK government must act immediately to reopen the skies safely. “
British Airways boss Sean Doyle said the announcement was “a step in the right direction” but added: “We are now at a critical point and need urgent action, including clear criteria and a timetable ”.
“Anything other than that could have difficult consequences. ”
British Airways boss Sean Doyle said the announcement was “a step in the right direction”
Travelers at London’s Heathrow Airport on June 8 after a flight back from Portugal
Joe Biden’s G7 schedule includes meeting with Queen after summit
Thursday June 10
Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Carbis Bay.
Jill Biden will have tea separately with the wife of Prime Minister Carrie Johnson, and they will visit St Michael’s Mount, a 17th century castle on an island just off the Cornish coast.
Friday 11 June
Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days from Friday, to work on U.S. political priorities such as the economy and allied unity.
saturday 12 june
Biden will attend other G7 summit meetings in Cornwall and have bilateral meetings with other G7 leaders.
Jill Biden will meet with members of Bude Surf Veterans, which helps British Army veterans get into surfing.
Sunday 13 June
Biden will end his G7 summit meetings. Next, the Bidens will meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Then Biden will travel to Brussels for the night.
Monday June 14
Biden will meet with NATO leaders and have a private meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Tuesday, Jyoudo 15
Biden will hold more NATO meetings, then fly to Geneva for the night.
Wednesday June 16
Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, the UK-US air corridor was one of the busiest in the world.
Over five million people from the UK have visited the US each year, with 4.5 million trips made in the opposite direction.
But demand has collapsed as restrictions on coronaviruses mean people arriving in the UK from the US must self-isolate for 10 days, while most UK citizens are barred from entering the states -United.
The new working group will be overseen in the UK by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and will be chaired by senior officials from the Department of Transport and their US counterparts.
Clive Wratten, chief executive of the Business Travel Association, said the group was “the latest in a long line of travel task forces that have so far devastated our industry.”
He continued, “Jobs will not be saved, nor livelihoods protected, until we have certainty on when international travel resumes. “
The UK government’s Global Travel Task Force released reports in November 2020 and April 2021 recommending how overseas travel can resume.
But the travel industry has claimed many of its findings either did not go far enough or were ignored.
A spokesperson for the Abta Travel Trade Association said: ‘The link between the United States and the United Kingdom is extremely important for business and leisure travel, as well as for British commerce, so Steps to restart travel are welcome.
“However, there are few details in this announcement in terms of details or timing. “
Mr Biden and Mr Johnson are also expected to discuss a tech deal aimed at lowering the barriers UK companies face when trying to work with their US counterparts.
Leaders will also try to develop plans to tackle climate change.
The Prime Minister was forced to defend his green credentials yesterday after flying to Cornwall from the capital, rather than making the 250-mile journey by train.
Downing Street said the theft enabled the prime minister to make important visits to the county following the prime minister’s questions in parliament.
After visiting a wind farm to highlight its commitment to green energy, Mr Johnson told reporters: ‘If you attack my arrival by plane, I respectfully point out that the UK is actually leading the way. sustainable aviation fuel. “