Skybus is Done

Another one folds.

For those keeping score at home, that’s Aloha Airlines on Monday, ATA Airlnes on Thursday, Champion Air’s announcement Monday that it’ll stop its operations after May 31 and now Skybus. All in one week.

Skybus plans to file bankruptcy papers on Monday, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Another airline I’ve never flown, on purpose. You can’t make money with $10 fares, no matter how bare bones your product.

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  1. “You can’t make money with $10 fares, no matter how bare bones your product.”

    Really? Take a look at a number of profitable low cost carriers in Europe with comparable rates (for bookings well in advance)

  2. Sorry, I should have been more clear. You can make money selling a small number of seats at $10. You can’t make $10 seats your business model and make money. Plus I was being a bit snarky.

  3. There were only 10 $10.00 seats per flight.
    I flew skybus quite a bit for the 10 months that they managed to stay in business and I usually paid close to $80.00 each way. I’d have gladly paid them more….last week it was $100.00 each way plus fees but for a 2 day advance.
    I just booked a delta tik with 3 weeks advance and paid $989.00.
    It’s pretty unconscionable the way that they stranded folks. Glad I was on that Friday am flight home, instead of away from home.

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