Holiday makers suffer as 11th tour operator crashes
Just as the school holidays kick off tour operator Holidays4U
has gone bust – leaving flights cancelled
in its wake to the detriment of 20,000 individuals and families.
"Everyone who has booked a package holiday through Holidays4U will be able to claim back a full refund from the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Scheme (ATOL)
. The situation is far worse for those who bought flights only and booked accommodation independently
– most of which will be completely useless if they can’t actually get there. All they will be compensated for is the cost of the flight
although their entire holiday has been rendered useless," said Nick Harris who is head of the Travel team
at Simpson Millar LLP.
The Civil Aviation Authority estimates that of the 20,000 outstanding holidays booked with Holiday 4 UK, the vast majority are for flights only. "If you are one of those who have booked flights only, you should get in touch with your travel agent or the hotel as soon as possible to see if they are willing to either offer a refund, a partial refund or perhaps rearrange your booking. However they are not obliged to do so by law."
"A good travel insurance policy should cover the loss but many holiday makers still plan to go on holiday without cover."
The ATOL scheme will ensure that those who are already abroad will be able to enjoy the rest of their holiday and return safely and as planned.
Holidays4U was a £35million turnover business – specialising in trips to Turkey. According to the appointed administrator difficult market conditions are to blame for its collapse. It is the 11th ATOL protected tour operator to go bust this year alone.