Friday, 29 August 2008

Bad timing

The airline formerly known as Zoom has gone "Phut" instead. This is the getting-to-Canada equivalent of Easyjet that we have used off and on to get to our spiritual homeland of Nova Scotia for the past few years. Our flights for next year are, accordingly, no more. That's a pain but since we booked by credit card (and let's face it, why wouldn't you?) we'll get our money back and hopefully we will find an alternative way to get to NS next year that does not involve flying to Toronto and hiring pushbikes.

I really felt for all those poor people on the news this morning though. One flight had actually boarded and the passengers had to sit for 7 hours on the tarmac while the legal wranglings went on before being told to get off again, the plane was going nowhere. Imagine. 7 hours on a plane with young children and no entertainment. That's an hour and a half longer than the flight would have been! *shudder*

I gather that for the people stranded away from home, the price of return flights is now standing at about £2000 per person plus a kidney and your first-born child. Mind you, the thought of being stranded in Nova Scotia with a legitimate excuse for not coming home? Not all bad.


  1. I really really echo the anti-air canada statement.

    But yeah.... shit! We were planning on using Zoom to visit my parents at Christmas. So much for that.

  2. One family of 5, only going from Halifax to Ottawa, had to pay about $3000 for new tickets.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your comment. I was fortunate enough to visit Scotland many years ago. I cried when we left. My husband and I plan to go one day, but not on Zoom apparently! Glad you'll get your money back.

  3. Yes, I thought of you when I heard the Zoom news. (Good name for an airline, though in this case clearly not accurate.)

    Loved the Joe Cocker thing!