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Jet2 boosts Atol by 29% to 3.81m


Travel Weekly reporters


Jet2holidays has increased the size of its Atol licence by nearly 900,000, taking it further ahead of rival Thomas Cook as the UK’s second-biggest Atol-holder.


The operator is now licensed to


carry 3.81 million passengers, up more than 29% from 2.94 million at the same point last year. Thomas Cook, which Jet2holidays surpassed in October last year, increased its Atol from 2.39 million to 2.47 million passengers. Tui remains the largest


Atol-holder, with a licence to carry 5.68 million passengers, up by 291,000 on September 2017. Luxury operator If Only almost doubled its Atol capacity for the coming year, from 8,200 to 15,400. Chief executive Andy Freeth said he expected to increase its licence again in a year’s time. Meanwhile, more than 100 Atol-


holders lost their licences in the September Atol-renewals process. The Civil Aviation Authority


(CAA) confirmed there were 107 unsuccessful applicants, broadly in line with previous years, despite changes to the Atol Regulations and a new application process


introduced alongside the updated Package Travel Regulations in July. Full details of the changes were


introduced only three weeks before coming into force, leading the CAA to assure the industry it would defer enforcing the new regulations until the autumn. The CAA confirmed 1,072 of the 1,296 Atols which expired on September 30 were renewed, with 117 Atol-holders not reapplying. Of the 107 unsuccessful applications, 63 were submitted in the week before deadline, the CAA said. The authority had warned in September that applications made close to the deadline might not go through as there might not be enough time to resolve issues. This time last year, 1,173 of


1,334 licences were renewed, with 84 applicants unsuccessful and 49 choosing not to reapply. There had been fears the new online Atol-application system would slow the process, but a CAA spokesman said the authority was “pleased” with the performance of the system, which “in many cases” allowed for a 48-hour turnaround. Omega Travel, which had its Atol suspended last month, was among the companies which chose not to apply to renew.


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Karen Doyle defrauded Tui for seven years. She will be sentenced on October 22


STORIES HOT


Doyle admits to £64k Tui fraud


Amie Keeley Luton Crown Court


Former Tui senior manager Karen Doyle has pleaded guilty to fraud after stealing almost £64,000 worth of vouchers from the company over seven years.


Doyle, who was Marella Cruises


general manager of supplier management and ancillary revenue, left Tui in May after working for the company for nine years in various senior roles. The fraud was committed


between February 2011 and February 2018, in which time £63,945 worth of gift vouchers were used “for her own gain”, Luton Crown Court heard on Monday. Appearing in court under her maiden name, Karen Mitchell, and accompanied by family members, Doyle was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced on October 22. The charges read out in court


Jet2holidays’ Atol capacity is now 54% bigger Thomas Cook’s


stated: “Karen Mitchell abused her position as a senior manager at Tui UK & Ireland in which you were expected to safeguard, or not act against, the financial


interests of another, namely Tui, by representing that you were entitled to use gift vouchers in the sum of £63,945 in breach of Section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006.” Doyle, of Grantham Avenue,


Braintree, Essex, made full admissions in disciplinary hearings, the court heard. She had no previous convictions. She joined Tui in 2009 as general manager for cruise distribution, and was promoted to general manager of commercial relations, responsible for relationships with Tui UK & Ireland’s suppliers, agents and airports in 2014. Prior to working for Tui, Doyle


held roles at Royal Caribbean International, Air UK, Emirates, Cunard and Thomas Cook, where she was a branch manager. Doyle’s family declined to


comment when approached by Travel Weekly after the hearing. Tui welcomed the outcome.


A spokeswoman said: “We take any fraudulent activity incredibly seriously. This is a clear warning to anyone considering anything similar. We will not hesitate to take legal action or refer such matters to the relevant authorities.”


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