The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published its list of the top 10 ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence) holders for sales to the public, with Tui UK, Jet2Holidays and Thomas Cook taking the top three spots.
The UK financial protection scheme protects most air package holidays sold by travel businesses based in the UK. ATOL, which is run by the CAA, also applies to some flight bookings.
Tui has 5,678,163 passengers licensed, while Jet2Holidays and Thomas Cook have 3,810,320 and 2,471,042 respectively.
Fourth is On the Beach Travel limited, while We Love Holidays takes the fifth spot, with 1,233,692 passengers licensed, overtaking Expedia and British Airways Holidays, in sixth and seventh place respectively. Eighth is easyJet, with BravoNext SA and Travel Republic following in ninth and tenth.
The list has been released following the ATOL expiry date of March 31. Of the 797 ATOLs that expired, 688 have been granted.
Michael Budge, a spokesperson for ATOL, confirmed the rankings and said: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority also reminds all ATOL holders to apply with sufficient time in order to meet all CAA requirements in advance of their licence expiry.”
The CAA also announced that On the Beach Travel Limited has been granted Accredited Body status and a new ATOL. The new Accredited Body is the eighth agreed by the Air Travel Trust.
Members of Accredited Bodies can sell ATOL protected holidays without holding their own licence. Membership is subject to conditions of the Accredited Body.
The CAA data on the top 10 largest ATOLs for sales to the public is available here.