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British Airways returns to United States as borders reopen

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British Airways flight BA001 was the airline’s first flight to the United States this morning, after the US relaxed restrictions on British travelers that had been in place for more than 18 months.

The BA001, which had previously been earmarked for Concorde, took off from Heathrow at 08:30 this morning in tandem with Virgin Atlantic’s VS3 flight.

Both flights were heading for JFK Airport in New York.

After more than 600 days, US restrictions were lifted, allowing fully vaccinated Britons to travel freely between the two nations for the first time since March 16th of last year.

British Airways has been permitted to resume direct flights to 17 US locations as a result of the adjustments.

“Today is an extraordinarily exciting and momentous day for the UK-US relationship,” Dame Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to the US, stated.

“We can all once again travel to each other’s countries to visit families, take holidays, and conduct transatlantic business.

“I am absolutely thrilled that safe and sustainable travel can fully resume between the UK and the United States.”

This winter, the airline plans to expand its service to 23 US airports, offering up to 246 weekly flights, more than any other transatlantic carrier.

In December, the number of flights to New York will increase from five to eight per day.

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami, and Toronto will all have double-daily service, as well as daily service to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston, and Vancouver.

Today, British Airways has 26 flights to the United States.

“Today is about celebrating the UK-US reopening of the transatlantic corridor after more than 600 days of separation, and it was fantastic to be able to mark this by synchronizing the take-off of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights for the first time ever,” said Sean Doyle, who is flying on the BA001.

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