Turkey specialist Anatolian Sky Holidays fails
Turkey and Northern Cyprus specialist Anatolian Sky Holidays has actually ceased trading, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has validated.The operator, licensed under its World Sky Travel parent name, belonged to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito) and certified by the CAA to bring just over 5,500 passengers.The CAA verified today (Sat) it was assisting 1,200 travelers following Anatolian's collapse.
The company sold holidays to clients straight and through travel agents and had around 150 individuals abroad at the time it ceased trading, with 460 forward bookings covering around 1,020 people.
Andy Cohen, head of Atol at the CAA, told Travel Weekly the company had actually failed at about 6pm on Friday night (July 1).The CAA is now making plans to support the company s consumers and has actually released advice for those affected.
Solihull-based Anatolian Sky Holidays was founded in 1989, and after 20 years of offering vacations only to Turkey and North Cyprus, it broadened into other destinations such as Croatia, Morocco, Slovenia, Montenegro, the Greek islands, Madeira, Egypt and Jordan.Turkey and Cyprus remained the specialist’s mainstay, and observers recommended that the terrorist attack on the Istanbul Airport on Tuesday night probably intensified an already compromised demand for Turkey this year.
Anatolian Sky’s website was still working as regular by 8.30 pm on Friday night, confirming it offered "mostly shop hotels, filled with genuine character, excellent quality family-run establishments, and luxury 5 star hotels.The operator also offered store cruising - "not the big ship range, but more intimate vessels, offering a genuine, unwinding holiday experience. In Turkey and Greece we provide traditional gulet cruises; in Croatia high quality Adriatic cruise boats; and in Egypt Nile cruises on board luxurious drifting hotels.
It also provided around the world small ship and yacht cruises to locations such as Cuba, the Seychelles and the Canary Islands.CAA guidance for Anatolian Sky clients:Anyone scheduled with the company who is presently abroad must have arranged airline company tickets, which remain legitimate and can be used to return home as planned.The CAA is in contact with accommodation and airport transfer companies to make sure there are no modifications to the plans scheduled through the company. Additional suggestions on accommodation arrangements have been released on the CAA website caa.co.uk.
Clients yet to travel
Clients who have actually paid in full for packages booked with the company or through representatives and have actually set up airline tickets have two choices: travel as planned; or look for a refund through their card supplier if purchased with a charge card, or through ATOL if another payment method was used.Customers are recommended that they will have to reorganize and pay for accommodation and transfers to and from the airport in resort scheduled through the company. Costs for making these plans can be declared back and more info on this is readily available on the CAA website.
Head of ATOL, Andy Cohen, stated: The collapse of World Sky Travel is a timely tip of why holidaymakers must ensure their vacation is ATOL secured and that they get an ATOL certificate, as soon as they’ve scheduled their trips."As a result of the ATOL plan, clients of this company have the peace of mind they will be able to finish their holidays and return home as prepared if already abroad, or get a complete refund if yet to travel."