The Department for Transport has published a response to the ATOL consultation, which closed in November 2016. This covers the necessary regulatory changes to the ATOL scheme to be compliant with the new Package Travel Directive. A consultation on broader changes to the Package Travel Regulations is expected shortly.
The main announcements are:
All other issues will be addressed in the second Government consultation, and via secondary legislation.
For longer-term reform issues, such as the long-term funding of the ATOL scheme, these will be “moved beyond the implementation period of the 2015 PTD Directive”.
ABTA remains in contact with officials from the DFT and BEIS, and we will keep Members informed as the implementation process progresses. We will provide a more detailed note on the implications of the Government’s approach shortly, and we are currently planning how ABTA will communicate with Members on the consultation process and necessary changes ahead of PTD implementation in 2018.