The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)has published an Information Paper outlining its planned changes in the ATOL scheme next year.
The paper contains proposals to include Flight Plus bookings in the financial protection, as well as details on the regulation’s terms, how it will be refunded and how agents can claim payments after the reform. Drafts of the ATOL certificates are also available in one of the paper’s annexes.
The CAA has now issued an industry consultation until 12 December with plans to reveal the final details of the ATOL reform at the end of this year. A formal six-week consultation will begin in the new year with changes to be implemented by April. An awareness and education campaign is being created for the travel trade to help the industry understand and make the changes.
“We have worked hard with the Government to bring forward proposals to reform ATOL so that people understand when they are protected and what that entails. We will be working with the travel industry to help them fully understand the proposals,so they are ready to implement them next April,” said Richard Jackson, director of consumer protection at CAA. “Today’s Paper gives the industry a better idea of how the concepts set out by the DfT like ‘Flight Plus’, ‘Approved Bodies’ and ‘ATOL Certificates’ are expected to work in practice. In advance of final decisions from the Government, we will be working closely with the travel trade to get their input on these proposals. We plan to consult formally on them in the new year”.
The paper can be accessed here: www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=2094&pagetype=90.