Skybus, a “Ryanair-esque” carrier (that was absolutely nothing like Ryanair other than charging for EVERYTHING) based in Columbus, OH (CMH), shut down operations today. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s in addition to Aloha, ATA and Champion Air over the past couple weeks. Low fares, low loads and high costs would seem to be the culprit here, as in the other cases.
There’s going to be a significant drop in the availability of cheap fares (which I’ve already been seeing a lot of – I can’t get a cheap flight to just about anywhere to pick up a few more miles), and of seats in general, so don’t plan on too many cheap and easy trips this summer.
This may just be what the rest of the carriers need to stay in business, or maybe they just have enough extra money to make it a little longer before declaring bankruptcy themselves. Northwest and Delta are on the top of many folks’ list for the next to go (back) into bankruptcy, though they have enough big money behind them that they are likely to continue operations even at that point. Well, one of them is at least.
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