Jun 16, 2021

Ryanair to sue UK government over border policy

Ryanair and the owner of three major airports are preparing to sue the government over the UK's border policy. The low-cost airline and Manchester Airports Group say they will lodge High Court papers on Thursday to seek a judicial review over the transparency of the traffic-light system for international travel. "The current opaque way that decisions are being made is undermining consumer confidence in the traffic-light system and makes it impossible for airports, airlines and other travel companies to plan for the recovery of international travel or work with the government on future reviews," the two companies said. While UK holidaymakers are advised by the government to stay at home, airlines have reported stronger demand from continental Europe, where travel restrictions are set to loosen within the EU from July 1 with the introduction of digital health passes. Charlie Cornish, chief executive of MAG, said recent developments suggested that the UK government was "Now unwilling to open up international travel by putting low-risk countries on the green list".

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