The Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (Atol) has new and extended rules that affect approximately six million vacationers. Currently, package holidays are covered by the rules, which covers them if an operator goes under by refunding them or finding them another flight home. There is also a category of flight-plus holidays that previously did not fall under the rules, but that are now covered under them in the same way package holidays are covered.
Of course, there are some exceptions. The program is run by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It was launched in the early 1970s and was overhauled in 1995. It had previously only offered protection to those who opted for package deals. Now that more and more people are booking their vacations online, which allowed them to buy all the same elements as a package holiday, the rules have been extended to include these as well. However, do-it-yourself holidays are not covered.
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