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Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Amex GBT calls for easing of transatlantic travel restrictions

American Express Global Business Travel has urged the Biden administration to lift the ban on non-essential transatlantic travel.

Unrestricted US-UK air links are crucial for the business travel market and the economy and with the President not prepared to ease restrictions yet, it is a major blow for businesses.

"The presence of the delta variant in the US shows that keeping in place the outdated, unsystematic restrictions from the previous administration is ineffective. Prohibiting travellers from countries with higher vaccination rates and lower case numbers while welcoming travellers from Covid 'hotspots' is not a sensible approach," said Evan Konwiser, EVP Product & Strategy, American Express Global Business Travel

"We urge the Biden administration to take a science-driven approach and lift the ban on UK/EU travel. Other countries have proven that you can reopen international travel while safeguarding public health."

Furthermore, Konwiser says restricting air travel is fueling inflation rates and putting economic recovery at risk.

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