Skybus Airlines Begins Flying, Routes Include Ft Lauderdale

24 May

The new ultra-budget Skybus Airlines is open for business, and Smarter Travel has an interesting article about the airline’s chances for success. ABC News also has a piece about the no-frills flight experience.

Skybus doesn’t fly to Orlando International Airport (MCO), but it does fly to Fort Lauderdale, so bargain-hunters who don’t mind a long drive on arrival in Florida might want to consider it. For now, though, Skybus is entirely organized around its Columbus hub, and there’s no concept of connecting flights; in other words, if you want to fly (say) from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, you’d need to book two separate round trips (BOS/CMH and CMH/FLL), and possibly make an extra trip through security, baggage check, etc in Columbus. ABC News explains:

The airline does not ticket passengers on connecting flights.

So if a passenger wants to travel across the country, the passenger would have to buy one ticket to Columbus and then a separate ticket from Columbus to the final destination. If passengers check bags, they would have to claim them in Columbus and then recheck them for the connecting flight.

But if you’re lucky enough to find $10 roundtrips for both those routes, the huge inconveniences and nickel-and-diming for snacks, pillows, etc might be worth it.

(Interestingly enough, as I was about to publish this post I noticed that the Skybus website was having technical problems. Growing pains, ya think?)

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