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Hundreds stranded as airline collapses

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Hundreds of air passengers will be digging out their travel insurance policies after the low-fare airline they had booked with collapsed.

The UK and Canada-based firm Zoom grounded all flights as it prepared to go into administration, blaming its financial difficulties on a massive jump in fuel bills caused by the high cost of oil.

Zoom's cash crisis became apparent on Wednesday following the grounding of a Zoom flight from Paris at Calgary airport in Canada.

On Thursday, Glasgow Airport was instructed by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority to detain a Halifax-bound flight over the non-payment of charges.

Passengers also began queuing for a later flight to Vancouver which never left the ground and travellers were told of the company's collapse as they continued to wait into the evening.

Zoom, founded by Scottish brothers John and Hugh Boyle, said it had attempted to secure a re-financing package that would have kept its aircraft flying.

Calgary airport officials said that Zoom owed money to the airport and to the leasing company, and added that the company had terminated its lease with Zoom.

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