Zoom Airlines Inc. and Zoom Airlines Ltd. filed for insolvency yesterday, cancelling all scheduled flights and grounding all of its aircraft. A Transport Canada spokesperson confirmed that Zoom had voluntarily surrendered its operating certificate and that all of its planes were on the ground.
Exactly how many passengers have been stranded by Zoom’s shutdown is still being determined.
In a statement posted on its web site, Zoom founders Harry and John Boyle expressed deep regret that the carrier had been “forced to cease” all operations, describing it as “a tragic day for our passengers and more than 600 staff.”
The Boyles’ statement also said that even as late as August 27, “we had secured a new investment package but the actions of creditors meant we could not continue flying.”
“The collapse of Zoom is a result of matter beyond our control. Only last year Zoom Airlines made profit, but that turned into a loss in the last year due to the unprecedented increase in the price of aviation fuel and the economic climate. The price of oil resulted in our fuel bill jumping by nearly $50 million in one year and we could not recover that from passengers who had already booked their flights.”
The web site statement advised passengers with future travel plans involving a Zoom flight for which reservations and payment have been made, to contact their credit or debit card company to apply for a refund. It also provide information on other airlines operating the same or similar routes to those flown by Zoom that might provide alternative arrangements. Source: Travel Press
Zoom Airlines Inc. is a Canadian low-fare scheduled transatlantic airline based in Ottawa, Ontario. Zoom operated year-round scheduled services to Europe, as well as charter services to South America, Caribbean, and Southern United States destinations with Canadian tour operators. On August 28, 2008, Zoom suspended all operations and filed for bankruptcy protection due to its deteriorating financial position.
Services offered by other airlines which may be of assistance to Zoom customers:
London Gatwick to Toronto: Canadian Affair, Air Canada, Fly Globespan, British Airways
London Gatwick to Vancouver: Canadian Affair, Air Canada, Fly Globespan, British Airways
London Gatwick to Calgary: Canadian Affair, Air Canada, Fly Globespan, British Airways
London Gatwick to Montreal: Canadian Affair, Air Canada, British Airways
London Gatwick to Ottawa: Canadian Affair, Air Canada
London Gatwick to Halifax: Canadian Affair, Air Canada
London Gatwick to Winnipeg: No direct flights. See Air Canada for options to change planes at airports in Canada to fly on this route.
Glasgow to Ottawa: No direct flights
Glasgow to Halifax: No direct flights
Glasgow to Calgary: Canadian Affair, Fly Globespan
Glasgow to Vancouver: Canadian Affair, Fly Globespan
Glasgow to Toronto: Canadian Affair, Fly Globespan
Manchester to Vancouver: Canadian Affair, Fly Globespan
Manchester to Toronto: Canadian Affair, Fly Globespan
Belfast to Toronto: Canadian Affair, Fly Globespan
Belfast to Vancouver: No direct flights.
Cardiff to Toronto: No direct flights
Cardiff to Vancouver: No direct flights
Montreal to Paris: Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat
Toronto to Paris: Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat
Calgary to Paris: Air Transat
Vancouver to Paris: Air Transat
Montreal to Rome: Air Transat, Alitalia
Toronto to Rome: Alitalia