A group representing major U.S. airlines on Monday, January 5 backed a proposal by public health officials to implement a global testing program requiring negative tests before most international air passengers return to the United States.
Airlines for America, which represents American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other major carriers, also urged the Trump administration in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence asking them to move ahead with recommendations to rescind current entry restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.
In November, Reuters reported that the White House was considering rescinding restrictions that ban most non U.S. citizens from traveling to the United States from the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders in Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Brazil.
“We believe a well-planned program focused on increasing testing of travelers to the United States will further these objectives in a much more effective way than the blanket travel restrictions currently in place,” the airlines’ letter said.
Kenya Airways on Sunday, November 29 resumed direct flights to the United States, ending a near 9-month COVID-19 hiatus.
The direct flights to the US was inaugurated in October 2018, with the maiden flight touching down at John F Kennedy International Airport 15 hours later.