‘Pack peace of mind’ - MP

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan is advising holidaymakers in Derry who are looking to secure a deal in the January sales to check their booking is ATOL protected in order to avoid being left out of pocket or stranded abroad.

ATOL is the UK’s statutory scheme that ensures consumers are protected against the risk of their travel company going bust. Since changes agreed by Parliament in 2012, the scheme now covers the traditional package holiday, as well as trips where consumers book flights and accommodation separately, providing they are booked with the same company and within a day of each other. Mr Durkan said: “I am concerned that some holidaymakers could book unprotected trips in their rush to secure a good deal.”