Pot calls kettle black

By | Category: Travel rumblings

About a month ago, Just about Travel reported on the fact that a group of travel companies led by Manchester Airports Group was taking the UK government to court.

an impression of what Manchester Airport might look like when the expansion plans are completed in 2025. Does it need to expand in the light of the last 16 months? Image – MAG

The gist of the case was that the organisations alleged that the government is not being transparent about how countries are determined to be red, amber or green.

They claimed that government decisions were not based on data and sought some clarity of how decisions were made.

Yesterday in the High Court, the group lost its action judges ruling that the government doesn’t have to provide information about how it decided which country goes on which list.

British Airways, (via its owners – IAG- easyJet, Ryanair, Tui, and Virgin Atlantic had backed Manchester Airports Group. The second largest tour operator in the UK – Jet2 – did not back the case nor did Gatwick or Heathrow suggesting that the industry wasn’t totally united in being behind the case.

After the announcement yesterday, the industry was still moaning. The BBC reported that the group (I take this to mean the Manchester Airports Group although there is nothing on the airport website to suggest this yet) still believes the system is shambolic and that it confuses the passenger.

Yes it does but isn’t that the nature of trying to deal with something that can produce contrary evidence sometimes from day-today? It wants to see more countries added to the green list yet many of those countries that it would like to add like the USA won’t allow Britons to enter their country except under exceptional circumstances.

No-one denies that the travel industry has been severely hit by the pandemic and that government support hasn’t been as robust as it could be but constantly moaning isn’t helping its case.

The travel industry has already been caught out on suggesting booming sales without producing figures to back it up such as the case of easyJet saying sales were up 400% without telling us what the base figures were on which it made its calculation.

If the industry wants transparency it could start by being honest with customers about booking patterns and how its passes information to customers otherwise it looks like a case of the pot calling the kettle black!

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