Travel agent tax call amid airline mess
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.