Zoom zaps flights, strands San Diego

2409573734_69c6b93746.jpgPity poor San Diego. It’s losing six daily flights by Southwest, its largest carrier with a 35% market share, it’s losing one of its two flights to the Hawaiian Islands, and now it’s lost its only link to Europe with the collapse of Zoom Airlines. Zoom linked the city on the ocean with London’s Gatwick, and was San Diego’s hopes for a replacement of British Airways – which stopped flying the route several years ago. The sudden collapse of Zoom came just days after San Diego, the busiest single- runway airport in the states, celebrated its eightieth anniversary. A statement on Zoom’s website blamed high fuel prices. Zoom had announced the twice weekly service to Gatwick just last December.

 

Zoom only had three planes, but it also leaves plenty of Canada stranded. It’s interesting that Zoom is the first long-haul, low-fare venture to fail since Oasis died in April, but it’s the third

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transatlantic speciality carrier to go under since December. It also served Fort Lauderdale, and had served New York until recently.

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