ATOL Certificates come into force

04 October 2012 09:01

The ATOL Certificate offers holidaymakers financial protection

The ATOL Certificate offers holidaymakers financial protection

Holidaymakers will now benefit from better financial protection in the event their travel company goes bust after Aviation Minister Simon Burns launched the new ATOL Certificate scheme.

Holidays protected by the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL) scheme offer consumers a simple, straightforward way of financially shielding their trip. Protected passengers will now get either a full refund or repatriation if already on foreign soil when their holiday operator goes bankrupt. However people are also urged to take out travel insurance, as a holiday company going bust is just one of many things that can go wrong during an overseas break.

"The internet has made booking a holiday easier but that can lead to a lack of clarity on the important matter of what happens if the holiday company runs into trouble," said Burns. "The ATOL Certificate will give peace of mind to millions when booking their holiday. Whether on a computer, the phone or in a travel agent, holidaymakers will not only complete their booking but also receive a certificate removing any doubt over their level of cover. I want this certificate to become a standard travel document that families will expect alongside their flight tickets and holiday details."

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