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'In the long run, this will save time and effort'

'In the long run, this will save time and effort'

While most in the industry believe introducing an online system for Atol renewals is a good idea, many smaller Atol holders are having to provide significant amounts of extra information to the CAA than under the previous paper application procedure.

 

Chris Photi, head of travel and leisure at accountancy firm White Hart Associates, said: “Bizarrely, the Atol portal process for larger licence holders (licensable turnover of more than £20m) is easier to complete than for smaller licence holders.

 

“Larger companies submit all their financial data separately by email direct to their CAA officer. The portal is designed to save CAA time and ultimately one hopes the industry costs going forward. The Atol licensing regime is now very expensive in all respects.”

 

Photi added it was “too early to say” if many Atol holders were likely to miss the September 30 deadline, with those submitting their applications this month most at risk.

 

“Companies are submitting applications as late as now,” he said. “If they then encounter IT glitches, it leaves little time to adjust. In fairness, CAA personnel are very prompt in addressing portal queries as far as we see.

 

“Basically, the industry will just have to get up to speed because in the long run, this will save time and effort – albeit at considerable initial additional time and effort.”

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