On Tuesday 3rd July, Parliament passed the second reading of the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill. The Bill - which is the first piece of legislation to be debated in the new Parliament – will increase protection for people who book holidays online and make it easier for the law to keep pace with changing technology.
The legislation will address a gap in the internet travel market whereby passengers who book their flights, hotels or car hire separately online are not covered by the same protections as those booking package holidays on the High Street. It will also help UK businesses selling their air holidays across the European Union as it will be possible to offer consumers in Europe the same protection they offer customers in the UK.
Commenting on the Bill, Mid Worcestershire’s Nigel Huddleston said: “The internet has transformed the way people research and book holidays and it is right that Parliament is acting to ensure our laws remain fit for the modern age. The introduction of this Bill is a welcome move that will benefit British consumers and businesses alike. I have been arguing for this kind of protection for online holiday bookings since I entered parliament. This legislation will provide reassurance to British holidaymakers planning their travels abroad and will help UK businesses attract customers from across the EU.”