Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

UK Court Rules Government Acted Lawfully Over COVID Travel Rules

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LONDON—London’s High Court on Tuesday ruled that Britain acted lawfully over its so-called traffic lights system for travellers entering Britain in a case brought by Manchester Airports Group (MAG), backed by a number of airlines. While the court accepted part of the argument against the government, it did not find that the transport minister had acted unlawfully, and the government will not have to disclose more information on how it reaches decisions over its travel rules. The litigation was backed by airlines Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways-owner IAG, TUI UK, and Virgin Atlantic. Airports and airlines have criticised the traffic light system of classifying countries based on their COVID-19 risk, arguing decisions are not based on data, and slamming last-minute changes which have hurt bookings. EasyJet said earlier on Tuesday that Britain’s travel recovery was lagging that in the European Union, blaming its travel rules. In a joint statement, MAG and …

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