The dispute between Bestjet Travel Pty Ltd and AFTA over the non-renewal of Bestjet’s ATAS accreditation has been settled.
AFTA issued a joint public statement on Friday, stating: “Australian online travel agency Bestjet Travel Pty Ltd trading as Bestjet.com (Bestjet) and The Australian Federation of Travel Agents Ltd (AFTA) have settled a court case initiated by Bestjet earlier this year.
“Bestjet and AFTA have negotiated a resolution to their mutual satisfaction, with terms of the settlement to remain confidential.”
In May, AFTA said that it would defend a claim lodged on 27 April 2016 by lawyers for Bestjet in the Supreme Court of Queensland. See: AFTA dispute with Bestjet looks set to hit court again
Bestjet’s statement of claim had named AFTA as defendant and alleged breach of contract, contending that the termination of Bestjet’s ATAS accreditation constituted an unreasonable restraint of trade.
The matter has now been resolved, meaning the legal action will cease.
The Bestjet.com website at the weekend was displaying logos saying it was an accredited agent of IATA and a premium member of ASTA (the American Society of Travel Agents), as well as Australian owned and operated.
Written by Peter Needham