Midcounties Co-operative Travel announced as latest ATOL accredited body

Date: 24 January 2013

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced Midcounties Co-operative Travel as the latest accredited body under the ATOL financial protection scheme.

Under reforms introduced by the Government in April 2012, members of accredited bodies can sell ATOL protected holidays without having their own ATOL. Membership of an accredited body may therefore be a suitable option for some travel organisers to ensure they comply with the ATOL regulations 2012.

Midcounties Co-operative Travel is the seventh travel organiser to be confirmed as an accredited body, and the CAA would like to thank them for their close co-operation during the approval process.

For further media information contact the CAA Press Office on: 0207 453 6030; or press.office@caa.co.uk. You can also follow the CAA on Twitter at @UK_CAA

Notes to Editors:
1. The ATOL scheme ensures people who have booked an air holiday with an ATOL holder are protected if their travel organiser ceases trading – bringing them back to the UK if abroad, or refunding them if yet to travel.
2. Further information on how the ATOL scheme protects passengers against the risk of their holiday company going bust is available from www.packpeaceofmind.co.uk.
3. The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of travel company insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy from an economic standpoint.