February 1, 2023

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British Airways returns to United States as borders reopen | News

British Airways flight BA001 turned the airline’s initially flight to depart for the US this morning, as the country lifted limitations imposed on British travellers for a lot more than 18 months.

The BA001, the flight quantity earlier reserved for Concorde, departed Heathrow at 08:30 this early morning in a synchronised get-off with Virgin Atlantic’s VS3 flight.

Each flights had been certain for New York, JFK.

The lifting of US constraints soon after much more than 600 times signifies that fully vaccinated Britons are now in a position to vacation freely among the two countries – some thing that has not happened considering that March 16th final yr.

The adjustments have enabled British Airways to meaningfully re-start out direct providers to 17 US places.

United kingdom ambassador to the United States, Dame Karen Pierce, stated: “Today is an amazingly remarkable and significant day for the United kingdom-US connection.

“We can all the moment all over again travel to every other’s countries to stop by households, just take holidays, and carry out transatlantic enterprise.

“I am completely thrilled that secure and sustainable journey can absolutely resume among the British isles and the United States.”

The airline is set to increase its companies to 23 US airports this winter, with up to 246 flights a 7 days, extra than any other transatlantic carrier.

Flights to New York will enhance from 5 to 8 for each day in December.

There will also be double-daily solutions to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as nicely as day by day services to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver.

British Airways is operating 26 flights to the US currently.

British Airways main govt, Sean Doyle, who is travelling on the BA001, reported: “Today is about celebrating the United kingdom-US reopening of the transatlantic corridor right after a lot more than 600 times of separation, and it was wonderful to be equipped to mark this by synchronising the choose-off of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights for the 1st time ever.”