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Tanzer: ‘It’s disappointing we are this close [to the deadline] and still haven’t had clarity about the [new package travel] regulations’


Abta hits out at delay to package travel guidance


Chief executive Mark Tanzer pledges to resist any ‘unnecessary’ changes to Atol. Ian Taylor reports


A “logjam” in government has delayed detailed guidance on new Package Travel Regulations (PTRs), now less than a month from coming into force, says Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer.


He pledged Abta “will push


back” on any unnecessary Atol changes demanded by the CAA alongside the regulations, which become law on July 1. Tanzer said: “It’s disappointing


we are this close [to the deadline] and still haven’t had clarity about the regulations. There seems to be


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a logjam with government. Quite why it has taken this long I don’t know. They have known this was coming since 2015. “We’ve tried to get members as


far ahead of the game as we can with the information we have.” The new PTRs mean bookings


now sold under Flight-Plus Atols will be package holidays from July 1, with all the associated liabilities. The CAA was poised to issue amended Atol regulations this week and the Department of Business (BEIS) to publish


guidance on implementing the PTRs. Tanzer insisted: “We will push


back on any changes in the Atol regulations that aren’t necessary [for the new arrangements]. Let’s bed these changes in first. We don’t want change on change – it’s not acceptable. There is already enough uncertainty.” CAA chief executive Richard Moriarty told the recent Barclays Travel Forum that the regulator would allow Atol-holders three months “to get their house in order”. But Tanzer said: “It’s all very


well the CAA saying it will take a loose attitude [to enforcing the


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