Travel agent tax call amid air­line mess

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD

AMER­I­CAN on­line travel agen­cies should be taxed to re­pay hol­i­day­mak­ers hit by the Monarch Air­lines fail­ure, ac­cord­ing to Lib Dem leader Vince Ca­ble.

Sir Vince said it was wrong for web­sites to sell hol­i­days with­out Atol pro­tec­tion be­ing in­cluded.

Monarch col­lapsed last week with 110,000 peo­ple abroad on hol­i­day and the loss of 300,000 book­ings. But just 10 to 15 per cent are cov­ered by the com­pen­sa­tion scheme.

Sir Vince said: “If they are mak­ing prof­its in the UK th­ese firms should be reg­u­lated and taxed in the UK. It’s scan­dalous hol­i­day­mak­ers will miss out on com­pen­sa­tion.”

The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity has so far flown back 50,000 peo­ple, us­ing planes from 16 air­lines.

COL­LAPSE Monarch

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