A PLAN to reopen travel between the United States and the UK is set to be announced today following a positive meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
A new 'green corridor' is set to opened which will allow passengers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel freely between the two nations, with no quarantine requirements during or after travel.
The scheme is designed to reinvigorate transatlantic travel, and hopefully kickstart the otherwise desperate tourism and hospitality industries in both countries.
It's been criticised, however, by some sections of the travel industry, who see it as "the latest in a long line of travel taskforces which so far have only wreaked further devastation on our industry".
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters about the plan during a recent press briefing.
"We've established two working groups of experts, public health experts: one with the United Kingdom and one with the European Union," he said.
"The point of these working groups is to share data and set out both milestones and criteria to enable a reopening of travel between our two countries as swiftly as possible, consistent with public health guidance."
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK-US air corridor was one of the busiest in the world, with over nine million trips made between the two nations on average every year.
Coronavirus restrictions have completely crippled the airline industry, but with any luck, this green corridor can act as a catalyst for a wider reopening, particularly as both the UK and the US's vaccination programmes are making excellent progress.