Friday, April 4, 2008

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This is an absolute NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 4, 2008 8:20 PM
The first Skybus flight leaves Port Columbus on the morning of May 17, 2007.
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The first Skybus flight leaves Port Columbus on the morning of May 17, 2007.

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Skybus Airlines, a Columbus carrier that excited central Ohio travelers with its $10 fares, is calling it quits.

The news came quickly today, with the airline planning to announce at 9:30 p.m. that it will no longer be in business Saturday.

After today, all flights are canceled.

Those holding tickets for future flights are advised to contact their credit card companies about obtaining refunds.

Skybus is not providing alternate transportation. Those who purchased trip insurance within the last month should make any claims through the Skybus insurance provider, AIG TravelGuard. The policy that went into effect in early March covers airline-caused cancellations; the previous policy did not.

As of today, Skybus was making 80 daily flights to 15 cities around the U.S. It made its first flight from its home base at Port Columbus on May 22 of last year and opened a second base in Greensboro, N.C. in January.

Skybus has approximately 450 employees. Of those, 350 are based in Columbus, with the remainder in Greensboro.

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