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4UK tour operator folds

A tour operator with 12,000 UK holidaymakers currently abroad has gone into administration. Brighton-based Holidays 4 UK, which also traded as Aegean Flights, sold packages and flights to Turkey.Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) would be responsible for getting home those already abroad – as long as they had booked flights as part of a package holiday. These people are covered by the CAA’s Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Scheme (Atol).

The administrators said passengers booked with the company on future flights, should not travel to the airport and should refer to the CAA for more information. The administrators added the Atol scheme may also reimburse passengers who booked a package holiday and had not yet travelled. Passengers who booked through a travel agent were advised to contact that agent in the first instance.The Atol website at www.caa.co.uk is being updated regularly to provide details of return flights for passengers currently on holiday. Passengers who did not book through an agent but booked with the company are advised to check the CAA website for more information on return flights if they are currently on holiday or for information regarding refunds.

Under the Atol scheme, most of the 12,000 already abroad will be able to carry on with their holidays and then be able to get flights home. It is thought Holidays 4U had about 40,000 to 50,000 forward bookings and was licensed to carry 66,000 passengers during the July to September 2011 period, and more than 100,000 a year.

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