The Civil Aviation Authority has extended the Flight-Plus Atol exemption to agents making seat-only sales where the airline receives immediate payment.

The CAA issued the Standard Terms for Atol holders today following publication yesterday of the new Atol Regulations to come into force on April 30.

The key clause in the revised Standard Terms is a new exemption which “excludes a person from the need to hold an Atol if they purchase flight accommodation using the consumer’s credit or debit card and the operator immediately issues a confirmed ticket”. The exemption will not apply when this is done as part of a holiday.

The CAA confirmed the exemption for IATA agents from the need to hold an Atol. The Standard Terms also confirm the Atol exemption for sales of business travel, or “sales to a corporate body”, and extend this to “employees of charities, higher education institutions and schools”.

The Standard Terms can be found here

A document summarising the changes is here