Travel businesses that are due to renew their ATOL this month and have not yet applied are being urged to submit their renewal application to avoid a delay to licence terms being offered.
With families enjoying the festive holidays and thoughts turning to sunny climates for 2022, travellers looking for their next holiday are reminded to check for financial protection when booking.
The conviction of Abdul Patel, 59, of Edmonton, London, follows 12 earlier convictions related to Star and Key Travel across two previous trials, making this one of the largest ever cases of travel sector fraud.
Companies that are due to renew their ATOL this month are being urged to submit their renewal applications well before September 30th to avoid a delay to processing.
Proposed changes will look at new approaches that would reduce the risk posed to consumers should any individual travel business cease to trade, the CAA said.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that, of the 742 ATOL licences that expired in March, 554 have been renewed. A further 89 still in the process.
The scheme was due to expire at the end of March, with the latest decision to provide a short-term extension coming in the wake of continued disruption to the travel sector.
This means that consumers whose package holiday bookings are cancelled will be able to safely accept a refund credit note - where it is suitable for them.
ATOL protection for refund credit notes originally applied to those issued between March and September, and later extended to the end of the year.
Alpine Elements has begun a restructuring process, with ATOL publishing advice on the next steps for passengers booked to travel. Around 1,000 trips were planned with the company, which is based in Wimbledon.
In July, the ATOL scheme announced, following confirmation from the department for transport, that refund credit notes issued for cancelled bookings as a result of Covid-19 would be protected.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that of the 1,261 ATOL licences that expired at the end of September, 995 have been renewed. There are a further 90 still in the process in renewal.