Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps gave a statement in the House of Commons, confirming the announcement from the White House that from early November fully vaccinated UK travelers will be able to go to the US.
The UK will extend its policy of ending quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers to arrivals from more countries, including Canada and Japan, from 4 October.
Shapps said that as one of the world’s most vaccinated countries the UK must use that to its advantage to restore freedoms lost over the past 18 months.
“Recovery is the best way to support the aviation sector,” he said.
British Airways boss Sean Doyle described the news of the end of the US travel ban after 18 months as “a historic moment” which will provide a “huge boost for global Britain as it emerges from this pandemic”.
He said: “We are immensely grateful to the prime minister and his government for all the hard work that’s gone into securing this deal with the US, and which builds upon last Friday’s announcement on the lifting of many travel restrictions.”
He added that: “Our customers should now feel that the world is re-opening to them and they can book their trips with confidence.”