The Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic

The Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic
The Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic
The Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic
The Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic
The Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic


ECTAA: Air Belgium lets passengers and companies down: Failure to refund impacts customers and Travel Industry

Brussels, 21 September 2023 – The Belgian airline "Air Belgium" announced on Monday its decision to cease all passenger flights starting from 3 October 2023. While grappling with the fallout of this suddennannouncement, passengers and travel companies are left in dismay as Air Belgium fails to process any refunds for the affected bookings in the IATA Billing and Settlement System.

Once again, an airline stopped the refund process all the while travel agents are required to remit further monies for future flights that are already cancelled.


Air Belgium has initiated a request for a judicial reorganization procedure, a legal mechanism designed to freeze its debt and negotiate repayment terms within a span of five years. Belgian media sources suggest that if this plan receives approval from judicial authorities, passengers have to wait up to one year for their refunds. This blatant disregard for passengers' rights contradicts the EU Air Passenger Rights Regulation (Reg. 261/2004), which mandates that passengers are entitled to a refund within seven days after a flight cancellation.


“The failure and subsequent cessation of airline operations represent a severe issue, leaving consumers vulnerable and financially strained. Since 2017, there have been more than 140 airline failures, and the repercussions of these failures have been felt far and wide” said ECTAA President Frank Oostdam. Passengers who booked travel packages are much better protected, but this poses a significant burden for tour operators, many of which are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Tour operators have to secure alternative tickets for their customers, usually much more expensive on short notice. At the same time, they do not get reimbursed for the original cancelled flights.


This distortion of competition in the travel industry has far-reaching consequences and is detrimental to consumers. It is imperative that these pressing issues be addressed urgently during the forthcoming revisions of the Package Travel Directive and within the framework of Passenger Rights legislation. The European Commission must take swift and decisive action to protect the rights and interests of passengers and travel companies serving their customers alike.



ECTAA, Press release, 21. 9. 2023



About ECTAA: ECTAA (European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations) is the representative body for about 80.000 travel agents and tour operators in Europe, comprising the national associations of travel agents and tour operators from 30 European countries.


For more information, please contact:

Mr Eric Drésin, Secretary General

ECTAA - Group of National Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations within the EU

Rue Dautzenberg 36, B-1050 Brussels

Office tel: +32 2 644 34 50 / e-mail:



ECTAA: ECTAA and HATTA unite to address climate change and promote sustainable tourism

Throughout the summer, Greece witnessed repeated wildfires and torrential rains, underscoring the undeniable urgency of addressing climate change.


ECTAA, SUSTOUR: Register Now for the Event "Empowering European Tour Operators for Sustainable Futures"

Brussels, 11 September 2023. As the end of the EU-funded SUSTOUR project draws near, we remind interested stakeholders to register for the final hybrid event, "Empowering European Tour Operators for Sustainable Futures”.


ECTAA, SUSTOUR: Empowering European Tour Operators for Sustainable Futures

Final hybrid event of the SUSTOUR Project, Cascais, Portugal - 13-14 September 2023


European travel agents and tour operators meet to ensure that travelers can return to Rhodes and Corfu

Almost 100 representatives of travel agencies and tour operators from all of Europe participated in a workshop to take stock of the situation in Rhodes and Corfu. Holiday demand in these islands is still strong and the current situation requires a good knowledge of the suppliers and connection with local organizations and authorities.


Update of the EU Air Safety List

On 7 June 2023, the Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, which is the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, because they do not meet international safety standards.


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