Sky News - James Sillars

Airlines issue a joint plea to insist they can operate safely as they look to recover from 15 months of coronavirus restrictions.

A coalition of transatlantic airlines alongside Heathrow have demanded that Joe Biden and Boris Johnson lift "overly cautious" travel restrictions between the US and UK given the strength of the two countries' coronavirus vaccine programmes. American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic argued that fully reopening the key market was "essential to igniting economic recovery" on both sides of the ocean. They pointed to a £23m hit to the UK economy for each day the rules remained in place.

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