The UK Civil Aviation Authority has stepped in to support holidaymakers who were booked to travel with Mountain Paradise after the company, based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, ceased trading.
New research by ATOL, the holiday protection scheme, has found that 5.2 million Brits are set to book their holiday this month. As UK holidaymakers attempt to shake off the post-festive blues, this Saturday, January 5th, kickstarts a month of holiday booking excitement.
ABTA – The Travel Association announced today that the number of ABTA Members using the ABTA-ATOL Joint Administration Scheme has grown by a third in the last twelve months from 116 to 164 companies. The ABTA/ATOL scheme was introduced in 2012 to provide Members with a simple and cost-effective scheme enabling Members to apply for an ATOL licence through ABTA with lower fees.
New ATOL Certificates have come into force and will now be given to anyone buying a holiday protected by the ATOL scheme. Announced by aviation minister Simon Burns, the scheme is designed to better protect holidaymakers from losing out if their travel company fails.
ABTA – The Travel Association today provides its initial response to publication of the Department for Transport’s ATOL Reform Regulations. Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA said: “ABTA supports the extension of consumer protection for holidays and believes the concept of Flight Plus is the right first step towards achieving this, with the inclusion of holidays sold by airlines an essential second step.
ABTA – The Travel Association today responds to the Department for Transport’s announcement on reform of the ATOL scheme of financial protection. In its announcement today, the DfT outlined a series of reforms that will be introduced effective from 30th April 2012, key among them a new concept that will see ‘Flight Plus’ holidays receive the same financial protection as flight-based package holidays through the ATOL scheme.
The British department for transport has announced a series of reforms to the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing scheme, which insures passengers against the collapse of a tour operator. Effective from April 30th 2012, ‘Flight Plus’ holidays will receive the same financial protection as flight-based package holidays through the ATOL scheme.
The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) has presented strong concerns to the Dft over the ATOL Reform Consultation which closes on 15 September.
The UK government is to offer greater financial protection for millions more package holidaymakers under the ATOL scheme. The programme, which is run by the CAA, currently covers against tour operator collapses but the new proposals will be extended to include air ticket-only trips.
Speaking today at ABTA’s Travel Law Seminar, Kate Jennings, Head Aviation Policy Implementation for the Department for Transport, confirmed that the government still expects reform of the current system of ATOL financial protection