Zoom launches Florida, San Diego flights

Zoom Airlines has announced two new routes for 2008. The new routes will operate from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Floridaand San Diego in Southern California. The first of Zoom’s new routes will be launched in May 2008 from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdalein Florida. Zoom will be the first scheduled airline in 10 years to offer flights from any European airport to this sunshine resort.

Zoom will offer twice weekly direct flights to Fort Lauderdaleon Thursdays and Sundays with fares starting from GBP399 return including all taxes.

From June 2008, Zoom will offer the only direct air service between Europeand San Diegowhen Zoom’s flights from Londonto the southern Californian city are introduced. San Diegois notable as being the largest UScity without a direct European air service, and there are around 80,000 passengers a year travelling to Londonvia alternative US airports including Atlanta, Dallasand Houston.

A twice weekly non-stop service will operate from London Gatwick to San Diegowith flights departing on Mondays and Fridays. Fares start at GBP449 return including all taxes.

Hugh and John Boyle, the owners of Zoom, said that they were delighted to announce the new routes which confirmed Zoom’s position as the leading low-fare airline across the Atlantic.

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John Boylesaid: “These new routes confirm our commitment to offering customers lower airfares across the Atlantic. Direct flights to Fort Lauderdaleand San Diegowill offer a convenient low-fare service from Londonwhich allows customers to avoid the need to change planes en route. It’s all part of the low-fare revolution that we started earlier this year with our launch of flights to New York.”

“Fort Lauderdaleand San Diegoare extremely popular holiday destinations and we are delighted to be offering low-cost travel allowing the British public to enjoy some of the most outstanding holiday destinations in the world.”

Fort Lauderdalewelcomes over 200,000 UKvisitors a year to enjoy the constant sunshine of this subtropical resort. With 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches Fort Lauderdaleis fast becoming one of the coolest places in South East Florida. Also known as the ‘Venice of America’ with its 300 miles of waterways and canals, numerous bars and restaurants and a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, Fort Lauderdaleis the perfect destination for a long weekend break or an extended holiday. And with hundreds of cruise itineraries around the Caribbeanleaving from Fort Lauderdale, your holiday doesn’t need to end here.

Nicki E. Grossman, President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said:“What a wonderful holiday place for our friends from the UK. Pound for pound sterling, they can’t find better value and we welcome Zoom to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s sunny shores.”

Kent George, Aviation Director, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said: “The Broward County Commissioners and Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport welcome Zoom Airlinesand their new service to our community. This service to the great city of Londonoffers both our business and leisure travellers’ new opportunities to access all of Europe.”

San Diegois one of California’s best kept secrets and home to a unique blend of surfside-chic that makes it the place to be seen in Californiain 2008. The backdrop for cult movies including Some Like It Hot and Top Gun, San Diegois the latest celebrity hangout and a flurry of exciting high-spec, yet affordable, hotels, bars and restaurants, have recently opened both city centre and ocean-side. Families can enjoy CoronadoBeach, one of the top family beaches in the US, meet the pandas at San Diego Zoo or dine with Shamu at SeaWorld while golfers can look forward to the US Open at Torrey Pines in June 2008.

San Diego is the US’ eighth largest city and offers 70 miles of spectacular beaches and a year round Mediterranean climate. Being only two hours drive to Disneylandin Anaheimand only half an hours drive to Mexico, San Diegooffers an abundance of options as an impressive holiday destination.

Caroline Beteta, Executive Directorat California Tourism and Trade Commission said: “We are absolutely delighted that Zoom is putting San Diegoon the map with this new route. San Diegois the second largest city in Californiaand for many represents the epitome of the Californian lifestyle with its beaches, great climate and relaxed atmosphere. We hope that people will take advantage of this direct route to experience southern California.”

There are also planning to launch an additional route from London Gatwick to the USAduring 2008.

Zoom operates an easyJet-style’ booking service with flexible one-way fares and the flights offer Economy and Premium Economy services with allocated seating, meals and soft drinks included in the fare in all cabins, and an enhanced service available in the Premium Economy cabin.
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