Only 688 of 797 Atols that expired on March 31 have been granted, the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed today.

With 120 Atol holders applying in the last week of March, the regulator is continuing to encourage firms to apply to renew their Atol early to ensure they have everything in place on time.

The CAA also announced that On the Beach Travel 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.

On the Beach said that company had taken the step to simplify its Atol licensing and trust structure.

The firm is an Atol licence holder and an Accredited Body, and On the Beach and Sunshine.co.uk, as members of the company’s Accredited Body, will trade under the company’s Atol licence.

“Importantly, there is no change from a consumer’s point of view and On the Beach and Sunshine are contacting all customers to provide them with their updated paperwork,” the company said.

On the Beach chief financial officer Paul Meehan said: “We are pleased to have achieved Accredited Body status from the CAA.

“Alongside simplifying our licensing and trust structure, this also enables the company to add further businesses to our Accredited Body and we are open to attracting compatible new members as and when appropriate.

“Most importantly, however, our current and future customers are provided with exactly the same holiday security and peace of mind that comes through Atol protection.”

Atol spokesman Michael Budge, said: “The March 2019 renewal saw the final set of Atol holders apply using the Civil Aviation Authority’s new Atol Online system.

“We thank all those that have been involved in the renewal process and for the constructive feedback that has been provided.”

The CAA will be issuing a survey to stakeholders in the next two weeks calling for  additional feedback “to consider any future enhancements”.

The list of the top Atol Holders will be available on the CAA website from 1 pm today.

Atol licences as of 31 March 2018 Atol licences as of 31 March 2019
840 797
Did not apply 2018 Did not apply 2019
69 (8%) 48 (6%)
Granted 2018 Granted 2019
700 (83%) 688 (86%)
Applied by not yet renewed – 1 April 2018 Applied by not yet renewed – 1 April 2019
71 (9%) 61 (8%)

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