Zoom grounds operations for good

29-08-2008

Zoom grounds operations for good
Low-cost carrier Zoom has cancelled all its scheduled flights after revealing it is to file for bankruptcy.

The Canadian-UK airline said it had no choice but to ground aircraft after an "unprecedented increase" in aviation fuel.

Zoom founders Hugh and John Boyle, who announced their company's demise in a message on the airline's website, said fuel bills had risen by as much as $50 million (£27 million) in one year.

They said the collapse was a "tragic day" for passengers and the airline's 600 employees.

"We are desperately sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause passengers and those who have booked flights," a statement explained.

"We have done everything we can to support the airline and left no stone unturned to secure a refinancing package that would have kept our aircraft flying.

"Even as late as yesterday we had secured a new investment package but the actions of creditors meant we could not continue flying."

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are offering special fares for Zoom passengers following Thursday's announcement.

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