Unpaid bills leaves Zoom jet grounded

A Zoom Airlines flight bound for the UK was grounded before take-off from Calgary Airport last night after the company that owns the aircraft terminated its lease with the low-cost carrier over unpaid bills, according to the Calgary Herald newspaper.69 passengers were booked on the Boeing 767 flight to Glasgow and Gatwick airport but were stranded and left clamouring for information at the Zoom check-in desk, after being told the aircraft was “no longer available.”

Calgary Airport Authority spokesman Bryce Paton said: “It’s an aircraft that Zoom had leased and the company that owns the aircraft has terminated their lease agreement with Zoom.”

When the plane landed, the fuel supplier told the airline it wouldn’t refuel the
aircraft because of outstanding debts.

Paton said it appears a number of accounts with Zoom are in arrears, including one with the Calgary airport in excess of CN$400,000.

The passengers flying Zoom to Vancouver through Calgary were accommodated on WestJet flights. The Zoom flight was supposed to pick up passengers in Vancouver, then return to Calgary before continuing to Glasgow and London.

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All passengers were handed a letter signed by Ottawa-based Zoom Airlines Inc, informing them that the aircraft scheduled for their flight was no longer available, and that they had been rebooked on the next flight, which leaves Calgary on Saturday.

Zoom officials could not be reached for comment.
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