MP warns of need to have ATOL-protection

Angus MP Mike Weir is urging Montrose residents to pack peace of mind when purchasing holidays, by making sure they book an ATOL-protected trip.

The ATOL scheme is there to protect people against the risk of their travel company going bust: ensuring they can continue their holiday and return home safely if the company collapses whilst they are away; or providing refunds if they’re yet to travel.

During 2012, Parliament agreed two key improvements to the scheme to widen protection and help people understand when they are protected.

Mr Weir said: “This month is often a prime time for booking overseas holidays to give something to look forward to in the dreich days of January.

“Sadly in these difficult economic times we have seen, in recent years, several holiday firms go under, and witnessed the sometimes utter chaos as people loose holidays or are stranded overseas.”

Anyone wishing to book an ATOL-protected air holiday can check if a company provides protection by looking for the ATOL logo on their promotional material, or searching the company’s name at