The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee ("the Committee") is established by the Secretary of State for Transport to advise on the financial protection arrangements for air travellers and customers of air travel organisers.
Constitution and Terms of Reference
Establishment and Role of the Committee
1. The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee ("the Committee") is established by the Secretary of State for Transport to advise on the financial protection arrangements for air travellers and customers of air travel organisers.
Composition of the Committee
2. Members of the Committee shall be drawn from members and/or officers of organisations representing various market sectors of the travel trade and independent representatives. The Chair and Deputy should always be independent representatives.
There will be up to ten members representing travel agents, tour operators, third party protection arrangers and airlines. Appointments shall be made in consultation with relevant trade associations. Each of the following trade associations and/or their successor bodies shall always have the right to be represented by one member:
- Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
- Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)
- Association of Airline Consolidators (AAC)
- Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK)
- Travel Trust Association (TTA)
There will be up to ten independent members of whom one will be Chair. These members will include at least three consumer representatives and three representing consumer-focused organisations.
Civil Aviation Authority
The Chair of the Air Travel Trust, and one other member of the Civil Aviation Authority.
Appointments to the Committee
3. Members shall be appointed by the Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), for periods specified at the time of appointment. Membership periods should normally be periods of 4 years. Members may resign at any time. The CAA Chair will consult the Chair of the Committee before appointing Members other than from the CAA.
4. Where an organisation is invited to provide a representative, then alternates should be nominated, in order that the organisation's views and contribution to the Committee's deliberations may at all times be made. Where the appointment is in their personal capacity, then alternates are not appropriate.
5. If the Chair of the CAA is satisfied that a member has been absent from meetings of the Committee for more than three consecutive meetings or is satisfied that a member is otherwise unable or unfit to discharge the functions of a member of the Committee the membership may be declared vacant.
Meetings of the Committee
6. The Committee shall determine its own procedures for and frequency of meetings, including any requirement for a quorum.
7. The Chair may set up working groups to consider and report on specific issues. Although such groups will normally be made up of Committee members the Chair may appoint others with particular expertise at his discretion.
Duties of Committee
8. The Committee shall keep under review and from time to time advise the CAA, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust and the Secretary of State for Transport on the arrangements for the financial protection of air travellers and customers of air travel organisers.
9. In particular it shall:
- advise the Trustees, the CAA and the Secretary of State on policies they should pursue to protect consumers;
- advise the CAA and the Trustees on payment policy and the use of their discretion when making payments from the Trust (The Payment Policy);
- advise the CAA how they can promote awareness of ATOL protection to consumers and consumer expectations of protection;
- advise on agreements between the Trustees, the CAA and third parties such as credit card companies where there are no commercial sensitivity issues;
- advise on current market conditions, emerging market trends and, where appropriate, their potential impact on consumers and the financial protection arrangements; and
- advise the CAA and the Trustees on the financial viability of the ATT.
10. The Committee shall submit to the Secretary of State an Annual Report on its activities in each year ended 31 March within four months of the end of that year. The Committee shall draw to the Secretary of State's attention at any time matters of concern on which, in its view, action is necessary.
11. Reasonable out of pocket expenses directly incurred by Members of the Committee in attending meetings shall be reimbursed by the CAA.
12. The CAA shall provide administrative support to the Committee.
The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions April 2000
Amended by the Department for Transport July 2006
Amended by the Department for Transport September 2014