‘Hol­i­day Brits in dark over Brexit im­pact’

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - UK WORLD TODAY -

HOL­I­DAY­MAK­ERS are be­ing left in the dark about the con­se­quences of the UK leav­ing the EU with­out an avi­a­tion deal, a con­sumer group has claimed.

Which? has called on travel firms to do more to high­light the pos­si­ble fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions for con­sumers if no agree­ment to con­tinue flights is reached. It is ad­vis­ing cus­tomers who have booked hol­i­days tak­ing place af­ter the Brexit date of March 29 next year to check can­cel­la­tion and re­fund poli­cies.

Ryanair boss Michael O’leary has warned that flights could be grounded if an avi­a­tion deal is not reached as part of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions. Which? con­tacted UK travel firms to find out what they are do­ing to in­form peo­ple about the pos­si­ble im­pact on hol­i­days. It said that Tui, Jet2 and On the Beach “failed to pro­vide any re­as­sur­ance that any in­for­ma­tion would be com­mu­ni­cated up-front”.

It also noted that Thomas Cook had amended its terms and con­di­tions to state it will not pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion or re­im­burse ex­penses if it changes the cir­cum­stances of a book­ing due to airspace clo­sures. The firm en­cour­ages cus­tomers to take out travel in­sur­ance to cover losses.

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