Each ATOL holder is issued with a unique ATOL number, which can be checked on the ATOL website, and must contribute to a protection fund called the Air Travel Trust (ATT).
Some ATOL holders must also provide a bond to the ATT.
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And this vetting process is repeated periodically for existing members.
The Association also has a complaints and mediation procedure to ensure that in those rare instances where there is a dispute between a member and his customer which cannot be resolved amicably, it is settled impartially and justly.
In the event of an ATOL holder’s failure, the ATOL Scheme ensures customers who booked and contracted with the ATOL holder for an air holiday package or a flight, do not lose the money paid over or are not stranded abroad.
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