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Starting Dec. 5, discount airline Skybus will fly to Chattanooga, Punta Gorda–Ft. Myers, Milwaukee, and Gulfport–Biloxi.
Learn more about Skybus in this earlier blog post.
Despite lots of snarky comments in the press and the blogosphere, this Columbus-based airline has packed its planes full of passengers. The additional gateways will bring the number of cities Skybus serves to 15.
How can Skybus afford to offer such low fares? It's superefficient. Each of its five planes average 13.2 hours of flights per day. In contrast, United and America West, using the same model plane, fly fewer hours: 11.9 hours a day, says BloggingStocks. More hours means more cost savings for Skybus and its passengers.
Photo by the inimitable Jessie Barber, via Flickr.