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Flight bookings to the United States skyrocketed on Monday after the “highly anticipated” reopening of the Transatlantic Corridor.

The airline said bookings on Virgin Atlantic on Monday evening increased by more than 600% compared to a week earlier, with New York accounting for the majority of bookings.

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According to the airline, interest in the carrier’s vacation destinations also increased, with Orlando bookings up eleven-fold, Miami nine-fold and Las Vegas eight-fold.

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“Following the gradual relaxation of travel restrictions, we have seen increased demand in many of our global destinations, but the United States has always been our heart,” Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement.

On Monday, the US announced that foreigners can fly into the country if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test starting this November. The move marked a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions and effectively replaced a hodgepodge of restrictions that allowed non-citizens to travel to Europe, much of Asia and some other countries for 14 days before entering the US. I was stopped.

US requires foreign travelers to be vaccinated, lifting 14-day quarantine

The policy would allow families and others who have been separated by travel restrictions for 18 months to plan long-awaited reunification and allow foreigners with work permits to return to their jobs in the US. will allow.

Under new policies announced by White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Gents, foreign travelers traveling to the US will still have to show proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of flight Will happen. .

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Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated US citizens, who will need to be tested before returning to the US as well as within a day of arriving home.

IAG-owned British Airways told Granthshala Business it saw a nearly 900% increase in searches for flights and package holidays to major US destinations in the days before Christmas compared to a week earlier. Similarly, searches for flights to the US increased by almost 2,000% around Thanksgiving.

Along with IAG, major European companies such as Lufthansa and Air France-KLM also stand to benefit from the changes, according to Reuters, in addition to major US carriers such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

According to the outlet, Bernstein analyst Daniel Rosca said, “The transatlantic market is a major profit generator for major European heritage airline groups.”