Abta has extended the deadline for issuing refund credit notes for non-flight package holidays cancelled due to Covid-19 until May 31.

The travel association confirmed the move in a communication to members on Thursday.

The deadline for expiry of newly-issued RCNs remains at January 31 next year, following an extension in late March.

The association said: “In a communication to members today, Abta announced an extension to its current Refund Credit Note (RCN) regime, recognising the continuing impact of Covid-19 on the travel sector.

“Members are able to issue RCNs up until 31 May 2021. The latest expiry date remains at 31 January 2022. Full details and criteria can be seen in our updated guidance note in the Member Zone.”

The CAA is also expected to extend the deadline for issuing RCNs for Atol-protected holidays beyond the end of April after the government confirmed it will guarantee the Air Travel Trust fund to September 2022.

The regulator is also likely to push back the expiry date for newly issued RCNs from September 30 this year.