Airlines that cease flying

@maximax8 (30099)
United Kingdom
August 30, 2008 5:04pm CST
Looking on the net tonight I discovered that Zoom Airlines that had flights between the UK and Canada has ceased operations a couple of days ago. I can't believe it because I read that Nationwide Airlines that had flight from the UK to South Africa ceased operations in April. Bad things are happening to many airlines at the moment. What do you think about this?
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@Laura84 (191)
30 Aug 08
I think the airlines can't cope with the rising fuel costs, and it doesn't help when they are charging so little for their flights. I can't believe RyanAir is still flying as my flights to Dublin were free!
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
Yes, the rising fuel costs are passed on to the passengers in the case of long haul flights. I wonder how Ryan Air and Easy Jet manage to offer such cheap flights. With your free flight did you just have to pay taxes and baggage costs?
@Laura84 (191)
31 Aug 08
I just paid taxes. I'm taking carry on luggage so didn't need to pay for that. Was £12 in all.
• Brazil
31 Aug 08
Gas prices keep rising because people are stupid enough to pay 5 dollars for a gallon of gas 1 gallon thats crazy!!!! if people would stop buyn gas for a bit the would have to come down on prices they would lose billions !!!!!!! think about it if everyone needs gas you work hard for 10 or 15 dollars an hour right when you get gas they just made 10 or 15 dollars in 5 mins
31 Aug 08
A lot of the lesser well known or cheaper airlines can't compete with the ones that are more established because of fuel charge increases so they end up going bust because people are not willing to pay a high price for the flights anymore. x
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
I think that airlines should show the final fare at the beginning rather than make it low then add hundreds of pounds for tax and fuel supplements. Perhaps the most likely airlines to survive are the large ones like British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Air New Zealand. x
31 Aug 08
Defintely - it would make it so much easier! The big ones will survive because people will trust them more becuase they will want to book with somebody who they reckon will not go bust and therefore they will keep having full aircrafts to stay afloat! x
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I think soon it will be harder and harder to fly anywhere and we will have fewer and fewer airplanes to go on. The gas/oil prices are a crisis, but no one in power over here seems to see it. People are terrified for winter up here. People are barely making it during the summer, goodness knows what they'll do for winter.
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
The weather in my home country has been miserable this summer. It has been cool at best and rainy at worst. Yesterday it was a sunny afternoon so I rushed down to the coast to enjoy what might turn out to be the last warm day of the year. I am not surprised that your country's local people are worried whether they will be able to fly somewhere hot this winter. Gas prices have gone up 35% so heating a home will be pricey this winter. I will look at my travel wish list and are determined to go to one of these places It is so sad the oil prices are high and many airlines are going down.
@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Hi maximax8! Yes, this is a bad thing! Economy is really not doing well globally and the airlines are being affected with the high prices of oil. Airlines are one of the main means of transportation to bring all countries together and if many airlines will be closing down, a lot of people will be affected. Take care always..God Bless!
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
Hi Faith. I think that the world's economy is in poor shape right now. It is bad that we have a problem with fuel prices. If the number of airlines goes down quite drastically it will make travelers nervous to book a flight. Getting stranded overseas must be upsetting and an airline folding that a person is booked on most be very upsetting for them. In 2005 I booked a flight to Mexico but it was canceled due to a hurricane. I quickly booked a flight to the Maldives and went there. I went to Mexico in 2006 to get to Belize and Guatemala. It turned out to be my best trip so far. Take care my friend. Maxine
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
30 Aug 08
It's very worrying. I booked a flight to Australia a month ago, and I don't fly until Dec 15. I worry that the same thing could happen, and I'd lose my money. However the airline I have booked with is backed by Singapore Airlines, so should be secure. Having said that, large airlines have also gone under. BOAC and Panam are two good examples.
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
I hope that you will be able to fly to Australia on the airline in December. Singapore Airlines is large and secure I hope. In 1991 I booked a flight with an airline but it folded, luckily GB Airways, a partner of British Airways took over its routes. The cabin crew asked why I want to fly to Sfax.
@chingbeem (910)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
That's quite sad, especially if the airline serves its customers well. I noticed a different thing in my country. I think there are now 4 express airlines serving provinces with smaller airports. I am very glad with this because it means that remote places are being reached. Airlines here, 3 of them had only those really big planes for international flights before. Domestic flights have 707's or 747's or air bus but these were still big for provincial airports. Now, 2 airlines added to these 2 propellered plane' airlines where people could take in going to tourist destinations with small airports. My family took this kind of plane once, we were on our way to Boracay, I could not say we were very comfortable. My son said, it was like we were on a bus, but it was definitely fine. For the price, not much of difference with the big planes' fare. Im sure your Zoom airlines has other airlines for an alternative. Im sure they had financial problems. Usually if the airline is not doing good, a bigger company will purchase it and resume operations.
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
It is excellent to hear about the smaller airlines operating in your home country. Thanks for commenting that being on one of them was like being on a bus. This is fine for short trips of up to a few hours but it would be so very uncomfortable on a long journey. Zoom Airlines flew from Cardiff and now it looks more likely I will have to to take my toddler son to one of the London airports. British Airways is helping travelers stranded in Canada get home now Zoom has folded.
@wolfie34 (26790)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 08
Hello my friend, I am wondering, correct me if I am wrong that it is to do with the raising fuel prices coupled with the fact that we are starting to go into another recession, people are not able to afford to travel by place, due to the rising costs. They face stiff opposition as well as fading numbers of passengers. There may be other factors of course, but these seem to be the most viable as to why airlines are feeling the pinch and operations are vanishing.
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
Hello my friend Wolfie. You are right I think about the fact that we are moving into a recession. Many people are staying at home because flights and holidays overseas are now much more expensive. People will buy food because it is essential but will probably cut back on luxuries like traveling. Not me, traveling is my number one hobby. I hope that the economy will take an upturn soon.
@amanda333 (739)
• France
30 Aug 08
its because of fuel prices maximax, they can't keep up with the bigger companys, sad really
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
Hello Amanda. The large airlines have special deals that look quite attractive but the taxes and fuel supplements are a lot when added, even for an infant. I think that many small airlines going down is terribly sad. Maxine.
@aseretdd (13732)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
I think this is mainly due to the current oil prices... the sudden increase is taking a toll of a lot of the transportation industry... an increase in oil prices would mean increase in transportation fees and that would mean a decline on people who would travel by plane... In my country, the government just imposed an increase in the transportation fare... and that is really a bad thing for a lot of us here... but i have not heard any airline companies ceasing to fly...
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 08
I have not flown for a long while now but I see the news as to what is going on regarding the Airline industry. There's nothing good to say about it, it's all bad news! The cost of fuel is going up and this is causing tremendous financial difficulty for the airlines and I guess things aren't going to get any better. This is a bleak outlook I know but I think it's true. When I did fly I loved the experience! They are saying nowadays that you should refrain from flying if you don't have to. Well, I want to fly because I just love it. It's a real shame that it's come to this regarding global warming etc. I love flying and pretty soon we will be flying into space!!!! Andrew
• United States
31 Aug 08
well all depends on what do u mean "ceased" operations.... just take over there flights? like taking theiur buisness, or stopping them from flying for some reason??... of like hijacked planes?