Tui Travel to push for widening of package law scope
If successful, Tui’s proposals would extend the liabilities of a package organiser to airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair.
Mike Bowers, Tui Travel UK’s general counsel, said: “We will say click-through sales are competing with our core offering and with dynamic packages, so should be treated as full packages.”
He said: “The EC is seeking, as far as it can, to capture all true holiday arrangements in an expanded definition of a package and has made a pretty good fist of it.
“The directive has been drafted with the intention of bringing in airline click-throughs, which fall within the definition of assisted travel arrangements where there is a transfer of booking data, but not personal data.
“We would like to see the same conditions apply to anything a customer thinks of as a holiday.”
Bowers added: “Anyone who cares about regulatory fairness, and fairness for the customer, should welcome the directive. It’s not perfect, but the European Commission has done a pretty decent job.”
He said: “Holidays need to be protected. You frequently have an intermediary who is not the end supplier, a service provided overseas and holidays purchased in advance.
“The market has changed since the 1990s, but for the customer these considerations are still relevant.”