Thousands of UK travellers using low-cost flights are departing on holiday blissfully unaware that they could be left stranded should the airline collapse.
With reports from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) that the collapse of low-cost airlines are ‘probable’ this summer, the Government is set to examine this lack of consumer protection on no-frills airlines.
In the meantime, holidaymakers can buy fully protected low-cost flights via component travel company, Culturatrips.com.
The company, which can search and book no-frills, scheduled and charter flights to over 100 long and short haul destinations, is fully ATOL and ABTA protected provided customers build a package.
‘This means if you book a flight and accommodation with Culturatrips.com and the airline goes bust, you will get all your money back if you haven’t yet taken the outbound leg of the flight,’ says Andy Tidy, Managing Director of Culturatrips.com.
‘If you’re already overseas on your trip and the airline goes under, the protection means that arrangements will be made to fly you back to the UK as planned. Considering that Duo’s demise earlier this year left over 1000 passengers stranded in a number of different countries, this is pretty reassuring for customers and one reason why people choose to book with Culturatrips.com.’
Customers who book hotel accommodation as well as flights with Culturatrips..com will also receive their money back for hotel bookings should their airline go under. Flights can also be combined with an airport transfer to build an ATOL-protected package.
Andy Tidy continued: “This is an ideal solution for anyone worried about no-frills flights. Everyone needs to get out of the airport somehow, and we can offer hotel transfers with taxis, buses, limos and even helicopters! Booking flights and transfers with us is an easy way to both solve your holiday needs and gain peace of mind about your flight.”
Culturatrips.com is owned and financed by Thomas Cook - the UK’s best known name in travel - and can book flights, accommodation, resort transfers, boat hire and a range of tickets to clubs and venues overseas.
Culturatrips.com offers completely flexible holidays to 105 city and coastal destinations for stays of two or more nights. Destinations range from the Spanish Costas and Greek islands to Prague, the Cote d’Azure, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Visit your local travel agent, log onto www.culturatrips.com or call 0870 160 9192.