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Travel from the UK to the USA soars since COVID-19 restrictions were dropped last, according to data

Travel from the UK to the USA soars since COVID-19 restrictions were dropped last, according to data

Travel from the UK and USA has soared since COVID-19 restrictions were dropped last year.

Data from Cirium, an aviation analytics firm highlighted that the number of flights from Blighty to the States have gone up 79 per cent compared to the year before. In addition, it went up to 92 per cent to the level it was before the onset of the pandemic, which brought in restrictions on international travel.

The top UK airport for departure was London Heathrow, the hub of 88 per cent of all October’s flights.

A rep from Cirium told City AM: “The good news for consumers is that airlines are continuing to add new routes, expand their fleets and take delivery of new aircraft which shows the aviation sector is recovering and growing to meet customer demand.”

British Airways transported 35 per cent of all America-bound flights with the other airlines including Virgin Atlantic, United, American Airlines and Delta.

The findings were strengthened by Trip.com, who shared there was a 382 per cent increase in US hotel bookings by travellers coming from the UK and 39 per cent of the total of flights going to the US-bound came from from the UK.

Last week, Delta predicted the trend will “continue” far into the future.

Their CEO Ed Bastian said: “So many Americans haven’t been able to go for up to three years,” he told journalists last week, just as its partner Virgin Atlantic launched its first route from Heathrow to Tampa.

“There’s no way you’re going to satisfy that demand in a six or nine-month timeframe.

“I think this is going to continue for several years.”

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