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2008-09-23 12:00:34

By DAMIEN HENDERSON A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise awareness among holidaymakers of what to do if a tour operator goes bust. With concern mounting that more companies may go the way of XL and Seguro Holidays, whose collapse left thousands of people requiring emergency flights back to the UK, an appeal has gone out for greater awareness of how holidays cover operates. Customers are particularly being urged to read the fine print of travel insurance and other cover, to avoid being...

2008-09-20 12:00:37

By Lisa Smyth THE Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has called for an urgent change in the law to protect holidaymakers across the UK. In recent weeks, people from Northern Ireland have been caught up in the collapse of a number of travel operators and airlines - with fears that more companies may go bust. And the organisation has advised anyone planning to book a holiday to consider paying for their break by credit card TSI has campaigned for a number of years to get the government...

2008-09-16 21:00:20

Most of the estimated 90,000 tourists hit by the collapse were covered by the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (Atol) scheme run by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).But the CAA said yesterday that XL's Atol bond of about 42m was unlikely to be enough to cover the cost of repatriation and refunding.Consequently the CAA is going to have to dip into its back-up fund, the Air Travel Trust fund.It said about 55,000 tourists were covered by XL's Atol and a further 25,000 who travelled with XL...

2008-09-16 18:00:00

By Robin Turner STAFF who lost their jobs when holiday firm XL collapsed plan to sue their former bosses, the Western Mail can reveal today. Around 150 staff at XL subsidiary Travel City Direct in Swansea's Enterprise Zone which sold XL holiday packages lost their jobs when the firm announced it had gone into administration on Friday. They are among around 1,700 cabin crew, engineers, baggage handlers, sales staff and check-in staff across the UK to have lost their jobs. Former Travel...

2008-09-16 18:00:23

By Shahid Naqvi Up to 1,000 people due to fly with travel firm XL from Birmingham International Airport this week had to cancel their holiday. The operator, which went into administration on Friday, was set to fly six planes charted from Air Malta from BIA between yesterday and Thursday. Each craft carries 180 passengers and according to a BIA spokeswoman the majority of them were likely to be flying with XL. Following collapse of the operator, people booked to travel have been...

2008-09-16 18:00:23

By KRISSY STORRAR SCUFFLES broke out yesterday as holidaymakers remained stranded at airports following the collapse of XL. Other weary passengers slept on departure lounge floors as they waited to get back to Britain. The Civil Aviation Authority is chartering a huge fleet of planes for those left abroad when the tour operator went bust on Friday. But anger erupted at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus amid claims reps dealing with frazzled holidaymakers left the airport and turned off...

2008-09-16 18:00:23

UP TO 1,000 holidaymakers due to fly with travel firm XL from Birmingham International Airport this week have had to cancel. The operator, which went into administration on Friday, was set to fly six planes chartered from Air Malta from Birmingham by Thursday. Each aircraft carries 180 passengers and, according to an airport spokeswoman, the majority were likely to be fly with XL. Following the collapse, clients have been told their holiday is no longer available. This week's...

2008-09-16 00:00:00

An expansion of Exeter International Airport will only get the go ahead if it does more to limit noise and damage to the environment, Exeter City Council has said. The council plans to approve a draft master plan for the development and expansion of the airport over the next two decades - but only if a raft of measures to tackle noise, and the level of car use by people travelling to and from the airport, are included. It wants to see a limit on night flights, restrictions on noisier...

2008-09-15 18:00:25

THE aviation regulator will continue to fly thousands of stranded XL holidaymakers back to the UK today after news broke of a second tour operator going bust. The Civil Aviation Authority said 22,090 customers of XL Leisure had returned to the UK on 94 flights. Meanwhile, package holiday-makers who had booked through K&S Travel were being sought flights after it too collapsed. (c) 2008 Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-15 18:00:25

By MATT WILLIAMS THE aviation regulator continued to fly thousands of stranded XL holidaymakers back to the UK yesterday as news broke of a second British tour operator going bust. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that as of midday some 22,090 customers of failed travel firmXL Leisure had returned to the UK on a total of 94 repatriation flights. Meanwhile, package holidaymakers who had booked through K&S Travel were also being sought alternative flights after it emerged...

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