Neighbours and colleagues in the travel industry have expressed their shock at the news that Cork's Heffernan’s Travel has closed after close to a century in business.
In a notice posted on the door of its premises on Pembroke Street, and on social media, the company said it had ceased to trade with effect from October 3.
The notice advised customers with bookings to contact their airline, ferry company or travel provider to ‘establish the status of their booking and make alternative arrangements if necessary’.
Nobody from the company was immediately available for comment and a representative of the Commission for Aviation Regulation said the commission was currently working to establish if there were customers currently abroad affected by the closure.
“Heffernan’s Shipping & Tourist Agency Ltd, trading as Heffernan’s Travel and Easy Travel, is unable to fulfil its obligations to its customers and the Commission for Aviation Regulation has withdrawn its travel agent licence,” it said in a statement.
“The Commission operates a consumer protection scheme and, if you find you are out of pocket, you may be covered by this scheme. We are currently consulting with the travel agency to see how many passengers are affected.”