New Low-Cost Flights Era Takes Off With £129 Gatwick-JFK

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New Low-Cost Flights Era Takes Off With £129 Gatwick-JFK

Post by pkjet » Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:02 pm

Zoom Airlines will announce a revolution in low-cost transatlantic air travel tomorrow with the introduction of London – New York flights from £129.

The low-fares, full-service airline is to operate daily flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK from Thursday 21 June.

Zoom will operate an ‘easyJet-style’ booking service with flexible one-way fares and the New York flights will offer economy and Premium economy services with designated seating, meals service and ‘plenty of frills’.

Zoom says it plans to become the UK’s leading low-cost Transatlantic airline providing an affordable alternative to BA and Virgin which ‘have been fleecing passengers for too long’.

The new flights will also take off almost a year ahead of any “Open Skies” deal which may lead to more low-cost flights being offered by Zoom in the future.

Zoom flights to New York start at £129 each way, including all taxes, fees and charges. Flights are available at or by phone on 0870 240 0555.

Zoom’s flights from London Gatwick to New York will offer:

• Year-round low-cost fares • Full flexibility for passengers to travel when they want, with no restrictions on fares such as the need to stay a Saturday night • Lunch time departures from Gatwick arriving NYC JFK early afternoon • The ability to be able to change reservations for a minimal fee • Options to buy affordable one-way tickets • Value-for-money Premium Economy service

Hugh and John Boyle, the owners of Zoom, said the new Zoom service would offer an ‘excellent and affordable’ alternative to the established airlines, providing the same Economy and Premium Economy services at much lower prices.

John Boyle said: “You cannot put a sheaf of paper between the prices charged by BA, Virgin and the American carriers on the New York route and it is high time that passengers had a better deal. We are offering savings of up to 70% on these flights.”

“Our catch phrase is ‘Now you’re sitting comfortably’ and we think this will appeal to people who, quite frankly, have been forced to pay outrageously high fares to fly between London and New York for too long.

“What’s more we are taking off a year ahead of any Open Skies deal.”

Zoom has operated full-service, low-cost flights from the UK to Canada for the last three years and has been granted permission to operate from London Gatwick as an official UK carrier to the United States alongside British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Zoom is also to start additional services from London Gatwick to Canada and to Bermuda.

Other Information about the new Service:

The new route will operate between South Terminal at London Gatwick and JFK’s Terminal 4 -- the most modern at New York with the largest customs and immigration halls which help reduce queuing times to enter the USA.

Flights will leave London Gatwick every lunchtime, arriving into New York in the early afternoon. Return flights will leave New York in the early evening, landing at London Gatwick at around 6am the following morning.

All Zoom fares are one-way, enabling passengers to fly to New York and return from New York, or plan an itinerary featuring Bermuda or any of Zoom’s eight destinations in Canada.

Zoom will initially operate five flights per week direct from London Gatwick to New York and two off-peak services via Bermuda

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