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International airlines Advocate joint US-EU COVID-19 testing programme for travellers

Four main executives from major foreign airlines have delivered a letter to the United States and European Union asking a concerted COVID-19 testing program so traveling can restart around the Atlantic.

The letter has been signed by several airlines such as the International Airlines Group (which owns British Airways and Iberia), Lufthansa, United Airlines, and American Airlines.

“We’re writing with urgency to you as pioneers of this answer to COVID-19 to ask that the secure and speedy restoration of aviation between the USA and Europe,” the letter stated.

“We recommend you to think about adopting a concerted U.S.-EU COVID-19 testing tool to increase security and construct confidence in crucial transatlantic passenger air services.”

The correspondence, which was signed by four CEOs, was addressed to US Vice President Mike Pence and EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson.

Airlines have been badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis since it attracted global travel to a standstill. Many significant airlines have cut thousands of jobs because of this pandemic.

Airline revenue has dropped amid the crisis, with lots of suffering over one billion euros in revenue losses. The exceptionally profitable transatlantic course has come to something of a standstill with boundaries closed between the united states and the EU.

“Given that the unquestioned value of transatlantic aviation to the international market as well regarding the financial recovery of our companies, we believe it’s crucial to discover a way to circulate atmosphere services between the U.S. and Europe,” the four CEOs wrote.

The European Union started opening outside boundaries in July, however, the United States is not on the list of approved states which could enter the EU. The US is now the most affected state by coronavirus with almost 3.9 million cases and over 140,000 deaths.