• What do Franchise Schemes do?

    The CAA can grant you an ATOL on the basis of your membership of a Franchise operating under the ATOL scheme.

    The Franchise holder (known as the Franchisee) will have entered into an agreement with the Air Travel Trust and, as part of this agreement, the CAA can grant an ATOL to a Franchise member on the basis of its Franchise membership, subject to some other tests (see below). Bonds are not required to be provided to the CAA from Franchise ATOL holders as the Franchisee provides guarantees to the CAA instead. Franchisees will typically insist that their members provide protection via another mechanism, please contact the Franchisees for further details.

    How do I become a member and how much does it cost?

    You will need to apply directly to the Franchisee in order to become a member. If you are accepted, you will need to make a further application for your Franchise ATOL.

    Information about the costs of applying for a Franchise ATOL is contained in Table 3 of the document CAA Scheme of Charges No. 286, available from the Official Record Series 5 page of this site.

    How long does it take to process the ATOL application?

    We aim to ensure that the waiting time between the submission of the required information to the CAA and our decision is not more than eight weeks on average. Please bear in mind that you should send your application to the Franchisee first.

    What tests do I have to meet?

    All licence holders are required to meet our fitness and competence criteria. Depending on the size of your licence, you may be required to meet our financial criteria.

    Who offers Franchise ATOLs?

    ABTOT Combined
    ABTOT Limited
    117 Houndsditch
    London
    EC3A 7BT

    Telephone: 020 7065 5311
    Email:  samantha.bradbury@ABTOT.com

    Advantage Travel Centres Ltd
    21 Provost Street
    London
    N1 7NH

    Telephone: 020 7324 3931
    Email: Business-Development-Team@advantagetravelpartnership.com

    Protected Trust Services
    307-315 Holdenhurst Road
    Bournemouth
    BH8 8BX

    Telephone: 0207 190 9988
    E-Mail: ask@protectedtrustservices.com 

    The Travel Vault
    Albert House
    256-260 Old Street
    London EC1V 9DD

    Telephone: 020 8050 7185     
    Email: info@thetravelvault.co.uk

    Travel Trust Association (TTA)
    Albion House
    3rd floor
    High Street
    Woking
    Surrey GU21 6BD

    Telephone: 0870 8890577
    E-mail: enquiries@traveltrust.co.uk