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British Airways reports SEVEN fold rise in searches for US destinations

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Airlines have been experiencing a surge in demand for trips to the US  (PA Archive)
Airlines have been experiencing a surge in demand for trips to the US (PA Archive)

British Airways has reported a seven fold spike in searches for US destinations.

The airline said the number of potential customers searching for holidays to key US destinations in the hours after Monday’s announcement was more than seven times higher compared with the same period last week.

Popular locations include New York, Orlando. Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and Boston.

Airlines have been experiencing a surge in demand for trips to the US after the White House confirmed it will scrap its ban on fully vaccinated UK travellers.

Shortly after the announcement, the Virgin Atlantic site crashed as Brits scrambled to book their long-awaited breaks to the US.

Virgin Atlantic said it recorded a spike in bookings for flights from the UK to the US.

Compared with the same period a week earlier, demand for flights to Miami was 12 times higher.

The number of bookings to Los Angeles and Orlando increased six-fold.

Demand for trips to New York was five times higher than last week.

Currently foreign travellers are banned from entering the US if they have been in the UK, the European Union, China, India, Iran, Brazil or South Africa in the previous 14 days.

White House Covid-19 co-ordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that foreign visitors will be permitted to enter from November if they demonstrate proof of vaccination and a negative test taken in the past three days.

US chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci has suggested that British travellers who have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca (AZ) jab will be allowed into the US.

Dr Fauci told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t believe there’s any reason to believe that people who have received the AZ vaccine should feel that there is going to be any problem with them.”

He added: “Given that we have a substantial amount of information on the AZ vaccine – again without being definitive about it – I would predict that there would not be a problem there.”

He noted the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national public health agency will make the final decision on which vaccines will be recognised for US entry.

UK travel firms also enjoyed a spike in bookings on Friday and over the weekend after the UK Government announced plans to ease its own travel restrictions.

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