Manorcastle Limited (trading as United Travel)

(03 Dec 2008)

An application from Manorcastle Limited trading as United Travel to renew its annual Tour Operator’s licence was refused by the Commission for Aviation Regulation on 24 October 2008. This decision was based on a number of reasons including the inadequate financial situation of the company and the fact that no charter arrangements appeared to have been put in place for various advertised packages, including Lapland 2008.

The company appealed this decision to the High Court and continued to trade pending the outcome of the appeal, in accordance with the legal framework.

In the High Court, in a hearing that lasted two days (27 - 28 November) the Commission for Aviation Regulation defended its decision that the company did not have adequate business and organisational resources to merit the award of a new licence. On 28th November the High Court confirmed the Commission's decision to refuse United Travel a licence.

In the light of that Judgment and in the prevailing circumstances of the company, the Commission called upon United Travel to immediately discuss the arrangements for a wind down of its business in an orderly manner in the interests of the traveling public, including refunding customers.

United Travel is no longer a licensed Tour Operator and any application for a new tour operator’s licence does not alter the company's current status.

Customers are advised that in the first instance they should inquire of United Travel as to the status of any monies paid over to date and how the company intends to make refunds to customers or put in place alternative arrangements.


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