It looks as if Skybus is going to cut back on its cross-country flights as it continues to expand with shorter routes in the East, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
It’s interesting news, especially after Skybus recently announced that it would start flying point to point from Portsmouth, N.H., to two Florida destinations, bypasssing its Columbus hub.
And that came after Skybus got government approval to fly from Columbus to the Bahamas and Cancun.
Skybus is widely supposed to be modeled after the European ultra-no-frills giant Ryanair, and most of this fits the pattern: emphasizing secondary airports and leisure destinations. But if the strategy is also to fly shorter point-to-point routes, I think we may be seeing some Southwest effect.