Important Update for Customers of Sindaco Ltd/Fanfare

(10 Aug 2018)

(08 August 2018)

On 20th July, the Commission for Aviation Regulation withdrew the travel agent and tour operator licences of Sindaco Limited, trading as Fanfare, Irish Film Tours and Buzz Travel.

The Commission operates a consumer protection scheme and customers can make a valid claim if they have incurred loss or liability because the inability or failure of the travel agent or tour operator to meet their financial or contractual obligations to the customer under an overseas travel contract[1].  Affected customers are required to make a claim to the Commission in writing and to provide proof of loss[2].  Proof of loss includes relevant receipts, invoices, bank statements, credit card statements and other relevant documents that show actual payments made in relation to the loss claimed.

Customers are required to make a claim before 5pm on Tuesday 18th September 2018.  Any claims received after this date cannot be processed.

To date, the Commission has arranged (with Cello Aviation) for the return home of 141 customers left stranded in Bulgaria on 20th and 27th of July and further flights have been arranged (with Aer Lingus) over the coming weeks to return the remaining 59 customers on completion of their holidays.  Some people made their own way home.  Many other customers never left Ireland.

To date we have received 77 claims and we are processing these in the order of date received.

Claim Forms

Customers stranded in Bulgaria should use the following form if they choose to make a claim:

Those customers that did not leave Ireland should use the following form if they choose to make a claim:

Not all transactions are covered by the scheme and consumers may also want to take note of chargeback rules.  For further information please refer to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission website:


[1] All claims must comply with the Transport (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Act, 1982.

[2] The Transport (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Act, 1982 (Claims by Customers) Regulations, S.I. No. 104 of 1983.

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