Philadelphia International Airport has signed a new agreement with Heathrow Airport to work closely together to support the recovery from Covid-19.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two airports focuses on boosting passenger numbers, implementing innovative measures and increasing international cooperation.
They have also agreed to work together with stakeholders across the industry as well as their respective governments and other organisations in a bid to kick start operations as the world recovers from the pandemic which has largely closed the skies.
The airports have also jointly penned a letter to the US and UK governments supporting the removal of border restrictions to reflect the success of the vaccination programs in the hope of safely reopening of travel between the two countries.
They have also agreed to work closely with counterparts at American Airlines and British Airways to increase airline to airport coordination.
Philadelphia International Airport CEO Chellie Cameron said: “Heathrow is Philadelphia’s busiest transatlantic route with more than 2,200 annual flights and 455,000 on-boarded passengers in 2019.
“This partnership will help us safely restart travel for our most important transatlantic trade corridor.”
Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye added: “We have been working closely with Philadelphia over the past six months – exchanging information and best practice supporting the delivery of a safe and secure environment for our passengers.
“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 US.”