Tourist safety net extended

Most holidaymakers are set to be protected from losses when a travel company goes bust, under plans announced by the government yesterday. Package holidays are already covered by the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Atol) scheme, ensuring refunds for customers whose tour operator folds. The government said that, by the end of the year, flights and accommodation in the same booking will also be covered. Six million more holidays could be protected, but prices may rise as a result.