Zoom to fly from Gatwick to San Diego and Fort Lauderdale

28 Dec 2007 by Mark Caswell

No-frills carrier Zoom Airlines is to launch new services from Gatwick to San Diego and Fort Lauderdale from next year.

The Canadian airline will offer a twice-weekly service to both US cities, with flights to Fort Lauderdale starting in May 2008 and the San Diego service commencing the following month.

Flights to Fort Lauderdale will depart London Gatwick on Thursdays and Sundays – the weekday service departs at 1030, arriving into the US at 1600 (with a stop-off in Bermuda), while the Sunday direct flight departs at 1000, arriving into Fort Lauderdale at 1415. Flights to San Diego will depart London on Mondays and Fridays at 1130, arriving into the city’s Lindbergh Field airport at 1450.

The latter service represents the first non-stop flights from the UK to San Diego since 2003, when British Airways withdrew from the route. San Diego is the seventh-largest US city, and Zoom says that around 80,000 passengers currently fly each year from the city to the UK, via other US airports such as Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.

Fares to Fort Lauderdale start from £399, with tickets to San Diego from £449. To read Business Traveller’s review of the Zoom premium economy offering on the London-Bermuda route, click here.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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