Skybus may have had to drop a few routes, but on the other hand, the discounter may be winning a few victories. When it started flights at Columbus last May, sceptics were (as they often are) sceptical, but the carrier is adding routes and may have chased a foe out of its home town. JetBlue, the New York JFK-based discounter, is ending its service at Columbus as of 6 January next year. The announcement came just about a year after JetBlue began flights between JFK and Ohio’s capital city. But in the year since, it just couldn’t make a buck, even when its planes were all but full. So Skybus has only one major hometown low-fares rival, Southwest, and they seem to be able to coexist in the central Ohio city.
JetBlue also aid it was ending service between its JFK hub and Nashville, Tennessee, where Southwest is also a big deal. The news has other airports in the region salivating, and both Cincinnati, the Delta hub that has no low-fare service, and Dayton, Ohio, which has no low-fares service and very little service of any kind, saying they’d welcome JetBlue.