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British Airways And Virgin Planes Synchronise Departures To Mark US Borders Reopening

Rebecca Shepherd

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British Airways And Virgin Planes Synchronise Departures To Mark US Borders Reopening

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic planes have successfully conducted a synchronised departure from Heathrow Airport to celebrate the US borders reopening.


The two planes could be seen taking off from the runway together with vaccinated passengers finally able to enter the States after almost two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes following President Biden's first US travel announcement on 20 September that fully vaccinated travellers from the UK and the EU would be allowed to enter the US starting in November.

People can arrive from the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, along with Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and, of course, the United Kingdom.

Research from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimated that the US economy could have lost up to $40 million a day just from the lack of UK visitors alone.

Travelport, a global technology company that powers travel bookings for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels worldwide, today released trend data highlighting the UK's excitement to trek back across the pond.

It included a 2,200 percent increase in US-bound flight bookings from the UK for Thanksgiving weekend in comparison to the previous month.

Credit: Travelport/PA
Credit: Travelport/PA

The data also shows that the top five destinations for Brits are: Orlando, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Topics: UK News, News, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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