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Learn how to get peace of mind through ATOL.

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ATOL is a protection scheme for flights and air holidays, managed by the Civil Aviation Authority. Most firms who sell air travel in the UK are required by law to hold a licence called an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence ("ATOL").

If you've booked and contracted with a licensed tour operator for a complete air holiday package or just a flight, ATOL protects you from losing money or being stranded abroad if the tour operator goes out of business. If a licensed firm goes out of business, the CAA can give refunds to people who can’t travel and arrange for people abroad to fly home.

But be aware, not all air travel arrangements are ATOL protected. If you build a holiday buying flights and accommodation from different suppliers (a DIY holiday), you may not be protected if things go wrong.