AITO reiterates importance of flight-inclusive packages with specialist tour operators following Monarch collapse
AITO chairman Derek Moore has made this comment following Monarch’s cease of business: “This will have been due, in all probability, to the ridiculously- priced huge volume of flights available from the so-called ‘no frills’ carriers, which frequently sell flights at less than the cost of the aviation fuel that they consume.
Gross over capacity has been created; this excessive number of flights on the market is the cause of Monarch’s demise.
It is nothing whatsoever to do with Brexit.
“While Ryanair’s chickens have come home to roost in the past couple of weeks with its huge number of flight cancellations, this has still meant that airlines such as Monarch have been hard-pushed to sell flights at what I’d call ‘real’ prices – prices that actually cover the cost of the service provided and allow a modicum of profit.
“From the consumer perspective, this is a timely reminder – on top of Ryanair’s mass cancellations – that the best way to book a flight is as part of a package with a specialist tour operator.
Booking a package gives the consumer extensive rights and privileges, including rebooked flights and accommodation, etc., should things go wrong - at the tour operator’s expense rather than yours.”