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Skybus Still Settling All Kinds Of Claims

March 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

You know we love Skybus, and even though it’s long gone, every once in a while a little tidbit trickles out from its former base in Columbus, Ohio. Nearly a year after its demise, it looks like the airline is finally settling things up with its former workers. They’ve agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that was filed by employees who were less than thrilled when they found out that their jobs were abruptly terminated.

The lawsuit alleged that Skybus violated the Workers’ Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act by not giving employees advance notice of at least 60 days. If the employees are anything like us—we found out by watching the Today show and throwing the remote across the room—they didn't get any warning.

The details are still being worked out in bankruptcy court—sounds exciting—so no specific settlement figure has been announced yet. The Columbus Regional Airport is trying to get some $5 million in change as well, and it looks like when everything is finalized, Skybus will be able to pay about 76 cents on the dollar to those who it left high and dry—guess that’s better than getting nothing.

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·Skybus To Settle Ex-Workers' Suit [Columbus Dispatch]
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Archived Comments:

I Miss SX!

Okay, So I live in Columbus, and flew with skybus over 20 times during their less than one year run. Because I knew that I was paying for crap service, I expected it, so I never had a "bad" experience. The problem I saw in inspecting some of their finances after they folded was that they were on an uphill run. They would have made it out, but the investors were too scared. I think their major killer was the 10 seats for 10. The problem was that other seats were selling for 200+. I once did a survey on one of my flights, and estimated that if all tickets from CMH-->BUR were the same price, they'd be approximately $50. Everyone could have afforded that.

should still be flying!

I worked for the airline directly and if the original business model had been followed, I am convinced we would be thriving today and for many years to come. The original founder of Skybus (John Weikle) had the company on a "can't fail" path until the warped hands of new upper management decided to start changing things (that would benefit them directly of course)I loved my job and the group of people that I worked with on a daily basis. Those big orange planes are greatly missed by all of us. Keep your fingers crossed for bigger and better things from Mr. Weikle!!He is the "real deal". Business smarts, honesty, compassion, determination and humility all in one very driven,loyal man! I hope to see everyone in the ticket line for part 2!