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Zoom passengers jet out after 44 hour delay

18.07.06

Hundreds of holiday makers were stranded for two days at Glasgow Airport after their Zoom Airlines flight twice failed to take off. After a 44-hour delay, the 270 passengers eventually left at 10:30 yesterday, after their third attempt at boarding the Canada-bound plane. The plane, which flies to Halifax and Ottawa, was delayed because of a mechanical fault.

A further 150 passengers heading to Vancouver arrived at Glasgow Airport on Sunday only to be told their flight was not likely to leave until yesterday morning. Rooms at airport hotels were arranged but some travellers were bussed to Edinburgh for an overnight stay. They eventually took off at 11:05 yesterday.

And today over 100 more Zoom passengers will be delayed in Glasgow by at least two hours. Their Toronto flight is now scheduled to take off at 13:25 instead of 11:25.

Zoom Airlines said yesterday it had 'taken urgent action to minimise delays' by chartering an extra aircraft. A spokesman said: 'Three flights were affected by what was a unique combination of circumstances and these resulted in significant delays. We deeply regret the inconvenience this caused the passengers but we have done everything in our power to remedy the situation.'

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