Members of the Lords discussed the key principles and purpose of the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 5 September.
Members discussed the key points raised by the bill, including consumer protection in the event of travel company failings, the ATOL license fee for member travel companies and the rationale for updating the UK travel protection package to match European directives in light of EU withdrawal.
Members also raised a number of questions on issues including improvements to travel insurance compensation schemes, the unease of travel companies operating in Europe post-Brexit, the impact of drones on aircraft safety and the rise of online travel bookings contributing to a decline in the use of ATOL-protected companies.
Committee stage, the first chance to amend the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 11 October.
Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill
This bill will aim to:
- update the consumer protection scheme (ATOL) for package holidays that include a flight
- ensure a wider body of consumers are protected
- allow for UK businesses to trade across Europe more easily
- provide adaptability for the future, which includes changes that may arise because of withdrawal from the EU