The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee – ATIPAC – is a consultative Committee that includes a balance of travel industry nominees and consumer and independent representatives. It was set up by the CAA and the Department for Transport in 2000 to replace the Air Travel Trust Committee (ATTC). It meets four times a year at the CAA.
ATIPAC’s membership includes a wide range of senior travel industry figures, as well as consumer and CAA representatives. The Committee is chaired by John Cox, who is a past Chairman of the Air Transport Users Council and a former Member of the ATTC.
ATIPAC’s role, defined in its Terms of Reference is to advise the CAA, the Government and the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust on financial protection for air travellers and holidaymakers.
The Terms of Reference are also available in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (pdf) should you wish to read them.
ATIPAC's twelfth annual report published on 24 July 2012 supports the introduction of Flight-Plus sales into ATOL but say the current proposals do not go far enough and that legislation should be introduced to ensure that all flights are protected.
Read the full report and the summary press notice.
In 2006, when the membership term of some members was due to expire, the opportunity was taken to review the composition of the Committee. New membership criteria were agreed with the Department for Transport (DfT). As a result new members were invited from airline groups and the on-line travel industry.
The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee ("the Committee") is established by the Secretary of State for Transport to advise on the financial protection arrangements for air travellers and customers of air travel organisers. It's remit was revised in July 2006.