Fewer than 1,000 September-renewing Atol holders have renewed their licences this autumn, with the CAA recognising the "huge pressure" facing travel businesses owing to the coronavirus crisis.
The CAA confirmed on Monday (5 October) some 995 of the 1,261 Atols that expired on 30 September have been renewed, with a further 90 (as of 1 October) still subject to the licensing process.
It also intimated it was actively considering how it could "work with the industry to improve financial resilience".
Overall, 176 Atol holders decided not to apply to renew their licences this September, up significantly from 51 in 2019 when the process was delayed by almost a month following the collapse of Thomas Cook and from 117 in 2018.
In total, there are now 1,732 Atol holders, combining those that renew in the autumn (September) and spring (March).