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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

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 CAA Scheme of Charges document.

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 ATOL 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 Limited
69 Leadenhall

Telephone: 020 7065 5313
Email: ATOLenquiry@abtot.com

Advantage Travel Centres Ltd
21 Provost Street
N1 7NH

Telephone: 020 7324 3931
Email: BDTeam@advantagetravelpartnership.com

Protected Trust Services
307-315 Holdenhurst Road

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

Travel Trust Association (TTA)
St Andrews House
West Street
GU21 6EB

Telephone: 01483 545780
E-mail: enquiries@traveltrust.co.uk