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Skybus Announces First Destinations, $10 Tickets

Skybus has announced their first set of destinations, and so far my predictions from yesterday are correct.  In May they’ll be flying to Burbank, Portsmouth (NH), Kansas City, Richmond, Bellingham (WA), Ft. Lauderdale and Greensboro.  They’ll add Oakland in June. 

They’ll offer 10 seats at $10 on every flight.  This is supposedly not a promotion — they’ll do this forever (until they don’t do it anymore).  Like Ryanair, they’ll be selling everything.  A quick check of fares shows the $10 seats available on many days.  On days where they aren’t available, they range from about $40 each way to Ft. Lauderdale to about $50 each way to Burbank.  Cheap, obviously.

The biggest question, and here’s where they differ from Ryanair, is that their base is in a small city.  Ryanair’s bases (in London, Dublin, Paris, etc) are in larger cities, even if they fly to minuscule dots on the European map.  So, we’ll be keeping an eye on whether they can lure people from Dayton, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Akron and Cleveland on the basis of $10 fares. 

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  1. There’s a discussion of this over at flyertalk. A lot of folks — including me — think this isn’t the best thought out business plan.