Jet2holidays has hiked capacity by almost one million seats in the wake of the collapse of Thomas Cook last September.

Latest Atol renewal figures show the Leeds-based operator with 4.8 million seats, up from 3.9 million in October and 3.8 million in April last year.

Its new Atol licence surpasses the 4.6 million target chief executive Steve Heapy outlined at the operator’s overseas conference for travel agents in November 2019.


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New figures issued today by the Civil Aviation Authority from the delayed March renewal process show that Tui retains top position with capacity pegged at 5.55 million against last autumn but down from 5.6 million in April 2019.

Jet2holidays and On the Beach remain in second and third place respectively, with the latter dropping in size from 1.6 million to 1.2 million.

We Love Holidays (Loveholidays.com) is in fourth spot on the list, but has also reduced the size of its Atol – from around 1.3 million to 1.08 million.

British Airways Holidays’ Atol stands at around 1 million and Expedia remains on 874,208.

EasyJet Holidays is new to the top ten Atol holders with a capacity of 726,000 in addition to the budget airline’s Atol for 793,874, which remains unchanged, giving the company a combined Atol of more than 1.5 million.

BravoNext (lastminiute.com) is on 640.555 and Travel Republic, on 555,060, completes the top ten.

Virgin Holidays, which was in 10th place on the list in October 2019, has dropped to 20th – with a reduction of its Atol licence from 377,712 to 119,911.

The CAA makes two renewal announcements per year, in the spring and autumn, with different companies up for renewal at different times.

Top 10 Atol holders:

(as of May 7 2020)

1. Tui – 5.5 million
2. Jet2holidays – 4.8 million
3. On the Beach – 1.2 million
4. We Love Holidays – 1.085 million
5. British Airways Holidays – 1.01 million
6. Expedia – 874,208
7. easyJet Airline Company – 793,874
8. easyJet Holidays – 726,000
9. BravoNext SA – 640,555
10. Travel Republic – 555,060

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