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Boss Air France-Klm Happy with Relaxation of American Entry Policy

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Airlines that frequently fly on transatlantic routes are pleased to announce that fully vaccinated travellers from the European Union and the United Kingdom will be welcome back in the United States from early November.


For example, CEO Ben Smith of Air France-KLM speaks of “fantastic news”. According to him, the Franco-Dutch aviation group will soon add extra flights to the US in its booking systems.

Travelling to the US is virtually impossible for people who do not have a US passport or residence permit. But the strict travel policies introduced at the coronavirus pandemic are being eased by the White House. Instead, travellers will soon have to be tested and wear a mouth cap after arrival.

Smith responded in an interview with Bloomberg TV. There he also said that he is counting on a relatively quick recovery of the market. The passenger numbers of 2019, the last year before the corona crisis, should be getting closer again in the eyes of Smith. Both tourist trips and business trips would be in high demand.

British Airways has also responded to the American move. CEO Sean Doyle called it a “historic moment” and said it could give the aviation sector a considerable boost.

Airlines For Europe, a European aviation lobby, also noted that the development comes just in time for, for example, friends who live on both sides of the Atlantic and would like to spend the holidays together. Furthermore, the announcement has received a warm welcome from investors.

On the European stock exchanges, Air France-KLM rose more than 5 percent on Monday. IAG, the parent company of British Airways and the Spanish Iberia, even gained more than 11 percent in market value.

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