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Low-fare carrier eyes New York-London route

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Canadian low-fare carrier Zoom Airlines wants in on the popular New York-London route, according to a Travel Weekly report (registration required). The airline wants to begin daily low-fare transatlantic service between JFK and Gatwick beginning June 7.

The New York-London route has been well served over the last year by new luxury- and business-class carriers Eos and MaxJet, but this would be the first (to my knowledge) legitimate low-fare carrier to fly between these two cities. The move could have a dramatic ripple effect on the major domestic carriers that are increasingly relying on low-competition international routes to fatten their bottom lines.

In other words, if granted approval, Zoom Airlines could provide a low-fare alternative for U.S. travelers heading overseas. You can bet the legacy lines won’t like the idea one bit, but me—I think it’s a winner.

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