Skybus Adds Another Route into LA (Well, Burbank)
Bargain airliner Skybus is adding a route into Burbank's Bob Hope Airport starting Monday. The airline has two US hubs, and has been operating flights to and from the one in Columbus, Ohio for some time now, and is now linking BUR with its other hub in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The big draw with Skybus is that they sell ten seats on every flight for $10 each (plus all those pesky fees and taxes, of course). Their ultimate goal, according to a message from their CEO, is to provide transit for their passengers between secondary city airports without a layover, meaning "you’ll be able to fly on large brand new airplanes to major cities across the country without stopping in cities like Chicago or Atlanta to change airplanes before you can go on to your destination." They also have a policy of not using airports that suffer congestion (which one doesn't these days?) and are able to offer fares an average 65% lower than other carriers by automating as much of the ticketing process as possible.
Of course, revolutionizing a sector of the air travel market takes time, and there are only so many people in Los Angeles who are interested in direct flights to Columbus or Greensboro. As Skybus catches on, hopefully they will offer flights that link cities aside from their hubs; they serve airports in the New Orleans, Boston, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Chicago and many more areas. $10 from Burbank to the East Coast? Now that's a deal!
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