ABTOT ATOL Franchise

  • Every UK travel organiser selling flights, flights and accommodation or flights with other travel services is required to hold an ATOL, which stands for Air Travel Organisers Licence. ATOL is a government-run financial protection scheme operated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

    The CAA approved ABTOT as a Franchise holder in 2017 enabling ABTOT members to apply for an ATOL through their ABTOT membership without having to meet the CAA’s increased bonding and financial criteria.

    If applying direct to the CAA for a new Small Business ATOL, the CAA requires travel organisers to have a minimum paid up share capital of £30k and to arrange a £50k bond, which reduces by £10k every year for the first five years.

    If you apply for the ABTOT ATOL Franchise there is no additional financial criteria on top of ABTOT’s membership criteria of £10k paid up share capital and the bonding requirements are half that of the CAA’s requirements, namely £25k in the first year, reducing by £5k every year for the first five years.

    Further benefits of the ABTOT ATOL Franchise

    • Reduced ATOL application fees for members under 1,000 ATOL passenger limit (£758 compared to £1,189 for a Small Business ATOL or £2,015 for a Standard ATOL)
    • Reduced ATOL renewal fees for members under 1,000 ATOL passenger limit (£526 compared to £885 for a Small Business ATOL or £1,264 for a Standard ATOL)
    • Discounted APC payments
    • Shorter version of the ATOL Application form with assistance from ABTOT to complete it
    • Reduced financial reporting requirements – no need for an AAR Pt 1 for Franchise ATOLs under 1,000 passengers
    • Single point of contact for ATOL licencing, Non-licensable Bonding and Merchant Acquiring Facilities.

    ABTOT ATOL Franchise criteria

    • ATOL franchise up to 1,000 passenger per year in conjunction with ABTOT Merchant Acquiring Facilities.

    ABTOT ATOL Franchise costs

    • Set up costs for new ATOL application fee is £758.00 plus £2.40 APC fee per passenger
    • Renewal of an existing ATOL £526.00 plus £2.40 APC fee per passenger.
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