Holidaymakers should ensure holidays are financially protected by the ATOL scheme before booking
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is urging travellers to “look beyond the price” and not leave themselves unprotected when booking last-minute package holidays.
The regulator says it is “more important than ever” to ensure trips are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
ATOL protection means that if a travel company ceases trading, anyone who booked with them will get their money back, or if they have already begun their holiday, be able to complete their trip at no extra cost.
Holidaymakers can check if a travel company is covered before booking by seeing if the ATOL logo is on display in their shop window, website or brochure; if they have a unique four or five digit ATOL number; and if they are listed on the Check an ATOL page on the CAA’s website.
Andy Cohen, head of ATOL at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “With travellers eager to get away, we urge consumers to do their research and look beyond the price when booking last minute getaways to hotspot destinations.”
He added: “It is more important now than ever that travellers make sure they are financially protected when travelling.”