by Maureen McCabe on April 6, 2008

I did not remember that I knew about Skybus or wrote about it on the original Columbus Best Blog in 2006.

Feb. 24, 2006 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles:

“The top story in today’s Columbus Dispatch Business section had news of a new LCC, Skybus Airlines, moving closer to starting up operations. The new airline has gained financing from several well-known organizations in the Columbus area, such as the Dispatch’s owners, Wolfe Enterprises.”

“The airline is shooting for a Fall 2006 date for their first flight. They plan to serve new destinations that are not currently served non-stop from Columbus. It is mentioned in the article, west coast cities are a high priority for Skybus.”

” Analysts are skeptical about starting a brand new carrier in the current state of the airline industry.”

Port Columbus – When pigs fly The Columbus based airline opened in 2007, and failed 10 months later, with the last day of operation Friday April 4, 2008.

I also mentioned Skybus when BlogTour USA hit Central Ohio last year…

Worthington – The Bus Stops Here!

Did you ever fly on Skybus?

I never did.

The Skybus Airlines site says:

 ”Skybus Airlines will cease all operations effective Saturday, April 5.

Skybus struggled to overcome the combination of rising jet fuel costs and a slowing economic environment. These two issues proved to be insurmountable for a new carrier.

We deeply regret the impact this decision will have on our employees and their families, customers, vendors, suppliers, airport officials and others in the cities in which we have operated. Our financial condition is such that our Board of Directors felt it had no choice but to cease operations.

Passengers holding reservations for Skybus flights scheduled to depart on or after Saturday, April 5, 2008 should contact their credit card companies to arrange to apply for a refund. More information for customers and others will be made available on the Skybus web site ( as it becomes available.

All flights for Friday, April 4 will be completed. Passengers holding reservations on flights for Friday, April 4 should check in for their flight at a Skybus kiosk at the airport instead of the Skybus website. “

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1 Karen Stanhope November 13, 2008 at 03:42 pm

When are you going to start operation up again. I flew from St Augustine to Portsmouth, NH at least 3 times a year to see my son.

2 Maureen McCabe November 13, 2008 at 04:44 pm

“When are you going to start operation up again.” I assume is a question directed to Skybus which ain’t me…

I doubt Skybus will ever start operations again.

I heard something recently that Skybus could start up again with the lower fuel costs but I believe there is a new budget airline that is flying to Columbus now.

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