Why the UK’s Air Travel Advisory is ‘Dangerous’
UK Airways has confirmed it will not be accepting new passports or visas for travel to the US as a result of Donald Trump’s executive order.
It has also said that passengers on the Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York and on the Emirates flight from Dubai to Dubai will be required to change their passports, and that all airline passengers will need to take an extra day off if they plan to travel abroad by air.
The airline has also confirmed that its parent company, Lufthansa, will stop flying to the UK from January 1.
The UK has seen a surge in travel from the US since the US announced the travel ban, which has been implemented on the same day as Trump’s inauguration.
UK Airways told The Independent that it will still accept new passports and visas for flights to and from the UK and US.
“The UK Government has agreed to the revised travel ban and UK Airways will continue to operate as usual,” it said in a statement.
“We are working closely with the UK Government to ensure that the UK is not impacted.”
Virgin Atlantic said it is “taking all steps to comply with the revised policy, which will apply to all UK Airways customers who fly to or from the United States” and that passengers who plan to leave the UK by air will be allowed to return if they change their flight itinerary, or have an alternative route.
Virgin Atlantic’s statement on the ban is in stark contrast to what the company said in February about US travel.
“Our team has made every effort to ensure our customers’ safety during this period of heightened travel, which includes providing extra training to staff and passengers,” the airline said.
“In addition, we have also been working with our partner airlines to ensure their security measures are fully in place to support the UK, our partners and passengers.”