Virgin reports site crashes as Brits scramble to book flights to US – .

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Virgin reports site crashes as Brits scramble to book flights to US – .


VThe irgin Atlantic website temporarily crashed as the British rushed to book flights to visit the United States for the first time in over a year.

The White House is considering lifting the general 18-month ban on foreign travelers from entering the country. The ban was introduced by former President Donald Trump at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virgin Atlantic reported that its site briefly crashed around 4 p.m. as the British attempted to book flights to popular destinations such as New York, Washington and Las Vegas.
He said bookings jumped 91% within an hour of the announcement.
Travel site Skyscanner immediately reacted to the news. He reported a 54% increase in site traffic following the announcement compared to the same period last week.
The United States is currently the seventh most searched destination in the world on Skyscanner. The most popular dates for UK travelers are November 25th or around Thanksgiving.
Martin Nolan, Traveler Rights Expert at Skyscanner, said: “Following last week’s travel update, this is great news for all travelers who have been waiting to visit the United States for more. a year and a half. Searches for key US destinations like New York and Orlando have remained high throughout the pandemic, despite restrictions preventing bookings as people dreamed of seeing family and friends or visiting some of the states’ most popular destinations. -United.

Sean Doyle, Managing Director of British Airways
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“Travel between the UK and the US is a significant part of tourism for both countries, particularly between London and New York. While travelers have continued to seek flights between the UK and the US in large numbers throughout the pandemic, the majority of fares booked have been mostly short-term essential travel.
“With the option for transatlantic travel now open, we expect a lot of this research will turn into bookings very quickly as friends and families plan to reunite and vacationers head to their places. favorite. “
The news has been hailed by airlines and travel experts.
Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said: “The announcement by the US government that fully vaccinated UK visitors will be able to enter the US from November is an important step towards reopening large-scale travel, allowing consumers and businesses to book trips to the United States. with confidence.

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