Re­open transat­lantic skies, air­lines tell US

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Oliver Gill and Charles Hy­mas

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS has joined forces with three of the world’s other big­gest carriers to lobby Mike Pence, the US vice-pres­i­dent, for a re­turn of transat­lantic ser­vices as the cri­sis-hit in­dus­try fights to avoid col­lapse.

The bosses of BA owner IAG, Ger- many’s Lufthansa, Amer­i­can Air­lines and United have writ­ten to Mr Pence and Ylva Jo­hans­son, the Euro­pean home af­fairs com­mis­sioner, urg­ing them to in­tro­duce a rad­i­cal test­ing pro­gramme which can pre­vent the spread of Covid-19 and al­low planes to fly. It is hoped that fast, ac­cu­rate tests could pre­vent the need for quar­an­tines.

Italy is al­ready tri­alling a £10 test which gives re­sults in 15 min­utes and could be in­tro­duced at all its air­ports.

The let­ter, says: “Given the un­ques­tioned im­por­tance of transat­lantic air travel to the global econ­omy as well as to the eco­nomic re­cov­ery of our busi­nesses, we be­lieve it is crit­i­cal to find a way to re­open air ser­vices be­tween the US and Europe.”

The vast ma­jor­ity of ser­vices to North Amer­ica remain grounded.

Signed by Wil­lie Walsh, the IAG chief ex­ec­u­tive, the let­ter con­tin­ues: “Covid-19 test­ing is be­com­ing more and more com­mon through­out the world as a tool to avoid these other more in­tru­sive measures.”

Mean­while Ryanair closed its base at Frank­furt Hahn air­port yes­ter­day af­ter Ger­man pi­lots re­jected pay cuts.

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