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Zoom Airlines has suspended operations

effect from 19:00 hrs on Thursday 28 August 2008

Zoom Airlines sincerely regrets to advise its customers that it has suspended operations with effect from 19:00 hrs on Thursday 28 August 2008. Both Zoom Airlines Inc and Zoom Airlines Ltd, the Canadian and UK airlines, have started administration proceedings in their home countries.
All Zoom flights have been cancelled and aircraft grounded.

We have set out details of other airlines who operate the same or similar routes to those flown with Zoom in the hope that this may assist you in making alternative travel plans to replace the flights that you had booked with Zoom.

If your travel arrangements have been made as part of a holiday package originating in the Canada and booked through a holiday company, you may be able to make a claim under the TICO’s Compensation Fund. Please contact TICO at 1-888-451-8426 or (905) 624-6241 or email tico@tico.ca should you have any questions or require further clarification. For information on this, please consult http://www.tico.on.ca/

If your travel arrangements have been made as part of a holiday package originating in the UK and booked through a holiday company, you may be able to make a claim under the CAA's Air Travel Organiser's Licence scheme. For information on this, please consult the CAA ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

Hugh and John Boyle, the founders of Zoom, said tonight: "We deeply regret the fact that we have been forced to suspend all Zoom operations. It is a tragic day for our passengers and more than 600 staff.

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

"We have done everything we can to support the airline and left no stone unturned to secure a re-financing package that would have kept our aircraft flying. Even late today we believed we had secured a new investment package to ensure future operations but the actions of creditors meant we could not continue flying. Having been unable to complete the investment package the directors of Zoom had no option but to instigate administration proceedings.

"The suspension of operations is a result of the exceptionally difficult trading conditions which have affected all airlines over the last 12 months. We have worked hard over the last seven years to build up a successful business but have incurred losses in the current year due to the unprecedented increase in the price of aviation fuel and the economic climate. The increase in the price of oil has added around $50 million to our annual operating costs and we could not recover that from passengers who had already booked their flights.

"We would like to thank the many thousands of passengers who chose to travel with Zoom during the last seven years and efforts of the airline's staff. We are extremely sorry for today's unavoidable actions."

Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have indicated that they will be offering special fares to customers whose travel plans have been affected by Zoom's suspension of flights. Please visit www.ba.com or www.virgin-atlantic.com for full details.

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.

London Gatwick to Bermuda British Airways

London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale No direct flights. See British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines for flights to Miami; or other US airlines for flights via hubs in America.

London Gatwick to San Diego No direct flights. See British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air New Zealand and United Airlines for flights to Los Angeles or other US airlines for flights via hubs in America.

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



Airline website addresses:

Air Canada www.aircanada.com

Air France www.airfrance.com

Air New Zealand www.airnewzealand.com

Air Transat www.airtransat.com

Alitalia www.alitalia.com

British Airways www.ba.com

Canadian Affair www.canadianaffair.com for customers starting their journey in the UK

www.canadianaffair.ca for customers starting their journey in Canada

Fly Globespan www.flyglobespan.com

United Airways www.united.com

Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com

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