ABTA leaders are keen to get a proposal to widen the ATOL scheme included in a government consultation on increasing the consumer-protection levy on holidays.
Association officials believe millions of holidays sold outside the ATOL scheme could be brought in through a change in regulations.
The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed last week it will consult on a rise in the £1 ATOL Protection Contribution, sparking fury in the trade about the likely increase – due from October 1.
ABTA wants the levy to stay at £1 and be extended beyond package holidays and seat-only sales to any booking of a flight plus one or more travel elements. It believes changing the ATOL regulations to cover ‘flight-plus’ sales rather than packages would be a solution.
However, time is tight with the consultation due in March. ABTA head of development Andy Cooper hoped to win support for the plan from the ABTA board this week, but a scheduled meeting was postponed because of the school half term.
A hearing into the CAA’s case against Travel Republic over alleged breach of the ATOL regulations was also postponed last week and is now scheduled for March 11.
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