Zoom puts Fort Lauderdale on the map

3 September 2009

Zoom Airlines, the leading low-fare transatlantic airline, has announced that it will be operating a new route from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Florida for 2008.

From May, Zoom will offer flights from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, being the first scheduled airline in 10 years to offer flights from any European airport to the sunshine resort.

Zoom will be introducing a twice weekly service from Gatwick with flights departing on Thursdays and Sundays. Fares start at £399 return including all taxes and charges.

Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 200,000 UK visitors a year to enjoy the constant sunshine of this subtropical resort. With 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches Fort Lauderdale is 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 Lauderdale is the perfect destination for a long weekend break or an extended holiday. And with hundreds of cruise itineraries around the Caribbean leaving from Fort Lauderdale, your holiday doesn’t need to end here.

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

John Boyle said: “This new route confirms our commitment to offering customers lower airfares across the Atlantic. Direct non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale will offer a convenient low-fare service from London which allows customers to avoid the need to change planes en route. It’s all part of the low-fare revolution that we started earlier last year with our launch of flights to New York.”

“Fort Lauderdale is an extremely popular holiday destinations, and we are delighted to be offering low-cost travel allowing the British public to enjoy one of the most outstanding holiday destinations in the world.”

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 Airlines and their new service to our community. This service to the great city of London offers both our business and leisure travellers’ new opportunities to access all of Europe.”

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

New routes from London Gatwick to San Diego in the summer and Denver for the winter season are also being introduced to Zoom’s portfolio of flight offerings for 2008.

Zoom has operated full-service, low-cost flights from the UK to Canada for the last three years and was granted permission this year to operate from London Gatwick as an official UK carrier to the United States. Zoom also introduced direct flights from London Gatwick to Bermuda this summer.

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