The European Commission has relaxed package travel directive regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation states package organisers must take out insolvency protection to cover refunds and repatriation in case of bankruptcy.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against “all but essential” travel to a number of regions in northern Italy. The move comes in response to various control and isolation measures imposed by the Italian authorities over the weekend.
ABTA is again calling on the British government for meaningful reform of air passenger duty to maintain global competitiveness. At the same time, the travel organisation hopes changes can support the net zero carbon emissions target set for 2050.
Bacon has decided to step down from her role to focus on consultancy and advisory work in the short term, alongside spending more time with family, before considering options in the longer term.
Alistair Rowland has been elected chairman of ABTA following the annual general meeting. Chief retail officer with the Mid-Counties Co-operative, Rowland takes up his position with immediate effect.
The department for transport has recommended a levy of 50 pence per person on all flights to insure against the future collapse of UK-based airlines. The news comes as the government body publishes the final report from the independent airline insolvency review, which was chaired by Peter Bucks.