The Leader podcast: Transatlantic flights resume after 20-month US Covid entry ban - what’s changed?

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Performers entertain passengers at London Heathrow Airport’s T3 as the US reopens its borders to UK visitors (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Wire)
Performers entertain passengers at London Heathrow Airport’s T3 as the US reopens its borders to UK visitors (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Wire)

Two passenger jets operated by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic took off in unison on the 3,500-mile route to New York’s JFK, 20 months after America’s entry ban for non-US passengers travelling from the UK as the pandemic took hold.

How has the air travel experience changed, and can the government square its cheerleading of the aviation industry with Cop26 pledges to cut pollution?

We speak to Sean Tipton, spokesperson for Abta, and aviation expert Dr Lynnette Dray, principal research associate at University College London.

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