The UK’s two largest Atol holders, Tui and Jet2holidays, have cut their Atol allocations by more than three million passengers between them.
Tui’s Atol now stands at around 3.74 million passengers, down from the 5.55 million protected passengers it was licensed to carry during 2019/20.
Jet2holidays, meanwhile, has cut its allocation from last October’s 3.92 million to 3.48 million for 2020/21 as the Covid crisis bites.
Jet2’s Atol peaked at around 4.8 million passengers in May this year owing to extra capacity added over the winter and into the new year following the collapse of Thomas Cook, with summer 2020 forecast to be its biggest and busiest summer to date.
This, however, was scaled back as coronavirus made many of Jet2’s primary destinations unviable.
The new figures represent a much bigger reduction in allocation for Tui than Jet2 though, with Tui’s Atol down 1.81 million passengers (-32.5%). Jet2’s, by comparison, is down just 440,000 passengers (-11.2%).