Holiday firm goes bustThousands to get refunds for flights

14 December 2006

A plane in the sky

Thousands of Britons heading abroad for Christmas sun are facing travel chaos after a holiday firm went bust.

HCCT (Holidays) Limited, which also traded under the names CT2 and LOCO Flights, has not paid airlines for around 37,000 tickets already booked by travellers.

Around 1,000 holiday makers are currently abroad on trips booked through the Cheshire-based firm but authorities say they will be able to complete their breaks.

People due to fly out on trips booked through the company are urged not to travel to the airport but to contact their travel agent or the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Canary Islands

CT2 has booked tickets with the airlines Jet2, Thomas Cook and Monarch to destinations mainly in Spain and the Canary Islands. Flights operate through Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, Belfast and Blackpool airports.

The CAA has confirmed the firm still holds an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL)- the protection scheme for consumers where firms put down a bond to pay for holidays and flights in case they go bust.

ATOL protects travellers from losing money or being stranded abroad when a tour operator goes out of business.

The CAA is currently making arrangements for customers abroad to complete their holidays and return to the UK. Those with forward bookings will get a full refund.