Process toward reopening U.K.-U.S. air travel is underway

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Photo of plane at London Heathrow courtesy of Heathrow Airports Ltd.
Photo of plane at London Heathrow courtesy of Heathrow Airports Ltd.

President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson have agreed to establish a U.K.-U.S. working group geared toward reopening international travel. 

The group "will share expertise and provide recommendations to leaders on the return of safe and sustainable international travel, demonstrating the commitment of both countries to tackle Covid-19 together," reads a statement released jointly by the White House and 10 Downing Street following Thursday's meeting between Biden and Johnson.

"We look forward to normalizing two-way travel between our two countries," the statement also says. 

Biden and Johnson met on the eve of the G7 Summit, which begins Friday in the southwest English county of Cornwall. 

The announcement follows a Reuters report that the White House plans to convene expert working groups on reopening international travel with Canada, the EU and Mexico, as well as with the U.K.

Travel industry advocates had called for Biden and Johnson to agree to a quick U.S.-U.K. travel reopening during their Thursday meeting.

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