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(Bloomberg) – A coalition of airlines and tour groups called on the US and UK governments to lift travel restrictions between the two nations, citing the increase in vaccinations and other tools limiting the spread of Covid-19.
Officials should announce the reopening before the Group of Seven economic talks scheduled for June, the groups said in joint letters to President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.
“We are confident that the right instruments are now in place to enable a safe and meaningful restart of transatlantic travel,” said the letter from 49 industry groups and unions on both sides of the Atlantic. “The safe reopening of the US-UK borders is critical to both countries’ economic recovery from Covid-19.”
Exports between the two countries and tourism are having a significant impact on each country’s economy, underscoring the importance of resuming normal travel, the group said.
Industry officials in the UK said the journey could start again this month, but the White House was clear about when it could happen or what steps would be required to trigger such a move.
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