UK court rules government acted legally on COVID travel rules
LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – The High Court in London ruled on Tuesday that Britain acted legally on its traffic light system for travelers entering Britain in a case brought by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) , supported by a number of airlines.
Although the court accepted part of the argument against the government, it did not find that the Minister of Transport acted illegally, and the government will not have to disclose more information on how it is taking decisions about its travel rules.
The litigation was supported by airlines Ryanair (RYA.I), easyJet (EZJ.L), IAG (ICAG.L), owner of British Airways (ICAG.L), TUI UK and Virgin Atlantic.
Airports and airlines have criticized the traffic light system for classifying countries based on their COVID-19 risk, arguing decisions are not based on data and slamming last-minute changes that have hurt bookings.
EasyJet said earlier on Tuesday that the resumption of travel to Britain was lagging behind the European Union, blaming its travel rules. Read more
In a joint statement, MAG and airline CEOs called the latest rule changes for arrivals from France chaotic and said if the system tracks the data, more countries will be classified as green for travel. low risk.
“UK businesses and consumers deserve to understand how the government makes decisions about the traffic light system so that they can book their trip with confidence,” they said.
The government welcomed the court’s decision.
“Our traffic light system continues to cautiously manage the risk of new variants as we balance the rapid reopening of international travel while protecting public health and vaccine deployment,” a government spokesperson said.
Reporting by Sarah Young; edited by Michael Holden, Alistair Smout and Nick Macfie
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