Zoom drops Gatwick-JFK link

31 Jul 2008 by Mark Caswell

Zoom Airlines
will cease flying between London and New York on October 31, a result of high
fuel prices and increased competition on the route following the Open Skies

The Canadian
carrier launched the Gatwick-JFK service in June last year, but has had to
contend with the soaring price of oil over the last twelve months, and airlines
such as Delta starting New York flights from Heathrow, a result of the Open
Skies agreement earlier this year.

In a statement Jonathan Hinkles, Zoom Airlines’ managing director, said: “We have decided to concentrate on our new routes –
linking London Gatwick with San Diego and Fort Lauderdale for Summer
2009. This will mean that we are, unfortunately, ceasing services between
London Gatwick and New York JFK from November 1, 2008. We have not taken
bookings for any New York
flights after this date and so no customers’ travel plans will be affected by
the move.

“Although we’ve
carried over 80,000 passengers on the route since its launch last year, a
combination of recent high fuel prices and an excessive increase in other
airlines’ seat capacity to New York
with the advent of Open Skies has led to our decision to redeploy the aircraft
onto more profitable routes.”

Hinkles said Zoom
remained “fully committed” to its services from the UK
to Canada and Bermuda. The carrier launched its schedule for summer
2009 earlier this week, with additional flights from Manchester including a
twice-weekly non-stop service to Toronto, and a second weekly flight to
Vancouver. Zoom will also add a Thursday non-stop flight between Glasgow and
Vancouver (complementing its current Sunday service via Calgary).

From Gatwick the
airline will add a third weekly non-stop service to San
Diego from June 2009, an extra direct Saturday flight to Fort Lauderdale, and a non-stop Sunday service to Ottawa for summer 2009.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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