Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Philadelphia International Airport and London Heathrow Airport ink agreement on transatlantic tie up

Photo Philadelphia International Airport

Florence Brown Director of Communications at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) confirmed on Tuesday that the airport had signed a unique and targeted Memorandum of Understanding with Heathrow Airport (LHR), which will see the two major international hubs work closer together in the recovery from the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“Heathrow is PHL’s busiest transatlantic route with more than 2,200 annual flights and 455,000 onboarded passengers in 2019,” said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron. “This partnership will help us safely restart travel for our most important transatlantic trade corridor.”

“We have been working closely with PHL over the past six months - exchanging information and best practice supporting the delivery of a safe and secure environment for our passengers,” said LHR CEO John Holland-Kaye. “We wanted to take this engagement a step further by signing an MoU as we work hard to bring back a safe and meaningful restart of travel between the UK and U.S.”

The agreement focuses on boosting passenger numbers, implementing innovative measures, increasing international cooperation, working with stakeholders across our industries and working jointly to advocate the airports’ respective government and industry organizations. It also represents a framework by which the airports can help the LHR-PHL route and United States-United Kingdom connectivity recover. LHR and PHL have also jointly penned a letter to the U.S. and UK governments, which supports the removal of border restrictions to reflect the success of the vaccination programs and leads to the safe reopening of travel between the two countries. 

Photo Philadelphia International Airport

Both airports have encouraged the major carriers, American Airlines and British Airways to increase their cooperation and coordination for a seamless service. 

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