Sun4U strands holidaymakers as the firm collapses

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on August 13, 2010

A Birmingham-based travel firm, Sun4U has gone under leaving 1,200 holidaymakers stranded with no return arrangements from their holidays.

The travel company, which is believed to have been hit the hardest when the Icelandic ash plume caused thousands of flights to be cancelled, announced via its website that it had ceased to exist as a firm as of 9pm yesterday evening. The statement included a contact for Abta travel organisation for holidaymakers to contact to make alternative travel arrangements.  

So far, it has been reported that around 40 members of the firm’s staff were informed of the collapse earlier yesterday morning. The majority of Sun4U’s clientele are currently on holiday abroad in Spain, and it is not clear what arrangements have been made to bring them back to Britain.

Abta, a travel organisation, has been tasked with sorting out the abandoned holidaymakers, most of whom are booked on Atol, Air Travel Operators’ Licensing. According to a spokesman from the organisation, there are currently 1,200 people away on holiday at present and the majority are located in Spain. He added that anyone who had booked on the package holiday should contact the supplier name on their receipt or the Civil Aviation Authority.

The CAA also said the measures are being put into place to ensure that those travelling abroad with the Atol packages would be brought home. However, it did warn that holidaymakers that had merely booked airline tickets with Sum4U may experience difficulties trying to find a way home. Those that had made other arrangement with various tour operators should contact them to confirm reservations the CAA advised.

A spokesman for the CAA announced that they would work to input arrangements to ensure Sum4U holidaymakers were protected so that they could finish their holidays according to plan and safely return home to Britain. He further announced that holidaymakers with bookings through Sum4U protected by Atol should submit a repayment claim to the CAA.  

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