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Demand for travel from the UK to the US increased after the White House announced on Monday that international tourists fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be allowed into the US for the first time in over a year as of November, two of the biggest airlines said Forbes.


Virgin atlantic said Forbes in a statement Tuesday, the number of bookings in the United States increased 600% overnight compared to the same period last week, with the most popular destination being New York.

Flight bookings to popular vacation spots with warm weather have also increased, Virgin Atlantic said, with flights to Orlando increasing eleven-fold, Miami nine-fold and Las Vegas eight-fold.

British Airways, the UK’s national carrier, said Forbes in a statement that searches on its website for flights and vacation packages to U.S. destinations had increased significantly, with searches up 2,000% for Thanksgiving dates compared to the same time last week, and a 900% jump for dates around Christmas.

BA said Forbes he does not share the number of travel bookings, but said the most popular US destinations for UK travelers are New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

Interest in travel to the United States has also increased in Europe, with German carrier Lufthansa saying Forbes in a statement, bookings to the United States have jumped 40% since the announcement, and he expects demand for travel from Germany to Florida to increase this winter.

Surprising fact

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the travel industry in 2019, New York-London was the most profitable airline route in the world. British Airways earned nearly $ 1.2 billion in 2018 from popular New York JFK and London Heathrow flights, making it the first billion dollar airline route according to study by OAG, a global supplier UK based travel data.

Key context

International tourists will be able to enter the United States for the first time in 18 months from November if they present proof of vaccination as well as a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of flying to the United States. United, the White House announced on Monday. The majority of non-essential travel to the United States by travelers without citizenship or residency in the United States has been banned since early last year when the coronavirus pandemic began. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic cost the U.S. travel industry $ 492 billion in cumulative losses, according to the US Travel Association. International spending fell 76% in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Further reading

United States to require foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated against Covid (Forbes)

Billion dollar route: New York-London is the king of the top 10 airline flights by revenue (Forbes)

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