Skybus adds three new routes

Well, it's just what I hoped would happen: Skybus, after a successful inaugural week, has added several new routes. Beginning in mid-July, Skybus will start flying from Columbus to San Diego; Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee, Massachusetts (Hartford/Springfield area); and St. Augustine, Florida (Jacksonville/Daytona Beach area). Additionally, Skybus is adding a second daily nonstop flight to Ft. Lauderdale, also beginning in mid-July. At least 10 seats on each flight will be available for the low price of $10.

According to Skybus CEO Bill Diffenderffer, customer demand has exceeded initial predictions, and the new routes are a result of that success. The airline plans to add even more routes as it acquires new planes and crew.

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And given the positive feedback from customers thus far, I'm increasingly optimistic that Skybus just might challenge the airline industry to rethink what works—and that is absolutely a good thing.

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