The first transatlantic flights since Covid-19 closed borders in March 2020 took off simultaneously from Heathrow today. BA flight BA001 and Virgin flight VS3 took off on parallel runways heading for New York’s JFK airport.

This was a historic moment with the first ever dual take-off from London to New York and airlines celebrating the easing of restrictions and relaxed entry requirements.

Friends and families were reunited for the first time since the transatlantic travel corridor was closed to UK nationals some 20 months ago.

Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive said in the press:

“Today is a time for celebration, not rivalry.  Together with British Airways we are delighted to mark today’s important milestone, which finally allows consumers and businesses to book travel with confidence.  The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years and we are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic.  We’ve been steadily ramping up flying to destinations including Boston, New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and we can’t wait to fly our customers safely to their favourite US cities to reconnect with loved ones and colleagues.”