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We talk a lot about Skybus around here, and we've even gone so far to name the low cost carrier Best Travel Newcomer of 2007. All of which prompted Skybus CEO Bill Diffenderffer (at right in the photo) to write in to say hello. We've been hard on the airline in the past, but we've got nothing but respect for a guy who will reach out to tell his side of the story:
I was flattered and surprised that you selected Skybus as Best Travel Newcomer--whatever that means! I was surprised because most bloggers still don't understand our model. They want us to have help desks and generally behave in a manner similar to what they are used to (even though that model doesn't work very well). It is not possible to do that at the fares that we charge.
What Diffenderffer didn't mention were rumors that Skybus could soon announce service to "Philadelphia" (actually Wilmington, Delaware), "Chicago" (Gary, Indiana) and "Toronto" (Niagara Falls, New York, 80 miles away and in a different country). The carrier's been scouting Niagara Falls for months, so something's definitely shaking on that front.
Officials at the airports are staying mum, as is the airline's spokesman. But all three destinations would fit well into Skybus' model of smaller airports in outlying areas serving passengers who wouldn't normally have access to commercial flights. Here's hoping Diffenderffer emails us as soon as he's ready to confirm all three of the new cities.
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Starting January 6, you'll be able to fly Skybus from Columbus to New York on the ultra-low cost carrier. Two flights a day will also serve Skybus' focus city of Greensboro beginning February 25.
Of course, the airline won't be flying to New York City. We're talking New York Stewart International, 79 miles north of the Gran Manzana. (For some reason, Skybus says SWF is only 55 miles north of Manhattan.) If Google Maps is to be trusted, the drive could take you more than two hours in traffic.
Skybus' service from Columbus is starting--probably not coincidentally--the same day that JetBlue wraps operations at the airport. But JetBlue flew from CMH to JFK, which despite being in NYC was a long way from Manhattan. Will flyers be willing to drive two-and-a-half hours just to save some scratch on plane tickets? We'll see.