STA Travel UK has gone out of business, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said, in news that will leave thousands of customers chasing refunds.
It is the latest travel business to shut down after global tourism ground to a halt as a result of coronavirus. The company employed around 500 staff in 50 high street branches and its central London headquarters.
The long-established agency – whose initials are derived from its original parent company, Student Travel Australia – specialised in cheap air fares and adventure tours for young people
When restrictions started coming into effect in March, many trips were cut short – or did not begin. Long-stay trips to distant destinations, which was the mainstay of STA Travel, have since been impossible to undertake.
On Thursday, Qantas said that it would not operate intercontinental flights to