Today the Portsmouth, New
Hampshire airport authority is reviewing plans to
upgrade Portsmouth International airport following the demise of the airport’s
only commercial carrier, Skybus Airlines.
ceased operations on 4 April citing high fuel costs. The startup
will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.
A319 operator linked Portsmouth with its bases
in Columbus, Ohio
and Greensboro, North
Carolina, as well as the Florida
destinations St Augustine
and Punta Gorda.
Pease Development Authority approved a $3.9-million contract to construct a
third gate at the airport, and the rearranging of space to more than double the
size of an existing gate. The contract also included the purchase of a second
International airport manager Bill Hopper says the Skybus
shutdown “came as a complete shock” noting the carrier had 80% load factors on Columbus flights between
May and October. Loads to Florida, which
launched from Portsmouth
in January of this year, were also around 80% he says.
tells ATI the airport is “trying to
regroup” after Skybus pulled its operations from the airport.
No Skybus aircraft remain in Portsmouth;
the last A319 departed for Greensboro
on 4 April, Hopper says