All airlines will need to go through the necessary steps to return the aircraft to service, including pilot training, which may slow the return of the aircraft to UK skies.
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.
The low-cost carrier said the CAA has introduced new regulations around wet leasing aircraft ahead of the end of the Brexit transition, causing “unnecessary loss of connectivity to the UK economy”.
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.
Glenn Bradley brings 30 years of aviation experience to the role, having initially joined the Royal Air Force flying the iconic Tornado aircraft in 1987.
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.
Airlines operating in the UK have not faced a single fine for breaking consumer law on refunds, delays or cancellations since 2003, consumer organisation Which? has revealed.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has found airlines have upped their game when it comes to providing refunds in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Virgin Atlantic was, however, singled out for its poor service.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has toughened its line on airline refunds as questions continue to grow. The aviation watchdog warned airlines they are legally required to provide refunds to customers who had their flights cancelled because of the coronavirus.