Tickets flying as Skybus boosts schedule
Thursday, July 19, 2007 3:35 AM
By Marla Matzer Rose
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Skybus Airlines received another boost in ticket sales when it added more than two months to its flight schedule last week.
The carrier sold 30,000 tickets within the first four hours, Chief Executive Bill Diffenderffer said, representing about 10 percent of the tickets the airline had sold since sales began in April.
Other quotes of interest:
Port Columbus is on track to have 8 million travelers for the first time. She said added traffic from Skybus and other airlines is making the airport authority rethink plans to wait until 2015 to add a second airport terminal.
Asked what Skybus would look like in five years, Diffenderffer said it will look much the same here in Columbus, but with more destinations. Additional "focus cities" will be added, he said
An audience member asked whether Skybus would add flights to Naples, Fla. Diffenderffer replied that they are asked about a Naples flight "20 times a day."
"Our on-time performance wasn't what we wanted it to be for the first couple of weeks, and we admit it," Diffenderffer said.
The airline has been improving and has beaten the industry average for on-time performance the past two weeks, he said.
The last quote is somewhat ironic. The STAR departure to PSM left over and hour and twenty minutes late this morning. This has caused a ripple-effect throughout the day, causing OAK to leave 1.5 hours late. PSM and BLI were over 15 minutes late leaving this morning as well. My guess is the delays were caused by a combination of the increased flight schedule in the morning as the rainy weather over Columbus today.