AITO re­it­er­ates im­por­tance of flight-in­clu­sive pack­ages with spe­cial­ist tour op­er­a­tors fol­low­ing Monarch col­lapse

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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.”

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