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SkyBus is coming to SouthWest Florida!

Sarasota, Florida
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SkyBus is coming to SouthWest Florida!

Skybus Brings Commercial Airline Service to Charlotte County Airport

Economic Development, Tourism Take Flight in

Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2007) – In a development that promises to bring additional commerce and visitors to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, the Charlotte County Airport Authority today announced, jointly with the Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands Visitor’s Bureau, that Skybus Airlines will begin service to Charlotte County Airport from Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 5, 2007. Skybus will offer two non-stop, roundtrip flights daily on Airbus

A-319 jets. For information on ticketing and schedules, visit www.Skybus.com.

“Having Skybus as the first commercial airline to fly to Charlotte County Airport in 23 years is a major milestone,” said Gary Quill, airport director. “And as such, it is fitting that Skybus is the first airline to occupy the new 16,000 square-foot, $5.5-million terminal building, built to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004.” In the past three years, the Airport, in conjunction with the Charlotte County Economic Development Office, has seen significant growth in the economic base of the community with the announcements of a Publix one million square-foot distribution facility as well as new construction for FedEx and UPS.

“We already know that Southwest Florida is a very popular destination for Central Ohioans, so we think offering nonstop service at our outrageously low fares between Columbus and Punta Gorda is going to be an immediate hit. Charlotte County Airport fits our business model perfectly; it’s convenient, uncongested, and will allow us to bring our flights in and out quickly and efficiently . . . one of the ways we’re able to keep our fares so low,” said Ken Gile, president, Skybus Airlines. “We think we’re providing a very attractive alternative for travelers going to and from Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and all of Southwest Florida.”

The Charlotte County Airport is conveniently located in Southwest Florida, halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers with 3.9 million people within 90 miles. Business and industry clientele enjoy easy access – a two-minute drive - to Interstate 75, U.S. 41 and U.S. 17.

“From a tourism perspective, this is fantastic news,” said Becky Bovell, director of the Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands Visitor’s Bureau. “Nearly 30 percent of our visitors come from the Midwest and Ohio. We anticipate that Skybus will bring in about 100 people per flight, and we look forward to welcoming many new visitors from Ohio and the surrounding areas to enjoy our beautiful beaches, waterways and warm hospitality. Skybus will provide easy access to and from this important market.”

Ohio visitors looking to enjoy the natural appeal and warm climate of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands and avoid the hassles associated with larger airports can land at Charlotte County Airport - just five minutes from Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and hotels, restaurants and entertainment, and an easy drive to the Englewood area’s miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches. Ranked by Money magazine as the fourth best community in the United States in which to live, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers a collection of nine charming coastal communities and four barrier islands clustered around the state’s second-largest harbor like a string of pearls. A premier eco-tourism destination, the area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Twenty-nine miles of beaches and nearly 200 miles of Blueway Trails complement this estuary-based escape. Activities and festivals make year-round use of this beautiful setting and encourage families, couples, groups and individuals to relax and explore.

About Skybus:

Skybus, the next generation of low-fare airlines, provides nonstop service on full-size jets from its base in Columbus, Ohio, to cities throughout the United States. Skybus offers outrageously low fares – starting with at least 10 seats at $10 on every flight. To make reservations, or for additional information, visit www.Skybus.com

About the Charlotte County Airport

Charlotte County Airport (PGD) is located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast in Punta Gorda, Fla., halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers with 3.9 million people within 90 miles. Located within three miles of the airport are three major highways, I-75, US 41 and US 17. The Charlotte County Airport has a designated Foreign Trade Zone. A former World War II Army Training Field, the airport’s three runways can accommodate private and commercial aircraft. For more details, visit www.flypgd.com.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination. Known for its pristine beauty, the area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine’s list of the “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as the “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” For information about area

events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte County Florida Visitor’s Bureau, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 502, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at

1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide; or visit the Web site at www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.

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Mount Sterling, Ohio
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reviews: 29
1. Re: SkyBus is coming to SouthWest Florida!

After flying SkyBus I wouldn't be looking at them to be the savior of the tourist industry in your area. They demand a lot from the local community for ramp space at the airport, but anything a community give up to get the service should be looked at very closely. Their target market is the college crowd. People going on vacation that carry more than carryon luggage quickly start hearing the adding machine inflate the cost of the low fare ticket they are trying to buy. $10 and $25 charges along with overpriced drinks and snacks are things that need to be considered when booking these flights. The truth is, the average person isn't going to get the advertised 10 seats for $10 that they love to promote. For areas that have to other option for air service, it a great deal. For those areas that do have competition then people need to look at the entire cost of a flight and not the initial price of a seat. An erroneous scale at the ticket counter quickly cost me $25 for a bag that had been on 5 other scales and registered 47 to 48 pounds.

Remember, when a deal seems to be too good to be true, then it's time to step back and do the accounting word.

Add $10 checked luggage/bag, $10 priority seating, $3 drinks and $8 for snacks to the cost of the ticket. Also you need to consider the cost of transportation from the side airports to your destination. In LA the cost of going from Burbank to connecting flights on major airlines is $80 each way plus tip.

Columbus, Ohio
posts: 77
reviews: 38
2. Re: SkyBus is coming to SouthWest Florida!

And in SW Florida, this is a great option. Have not been to the Punta Gorda airport yet, but will check it out in March.

Be wary of Skybus and their quirky rules, because they are, well, unusual. They are not for everyone. However, as my fellow Central Ohioan from Mt. Sterling claims, they are not targeting the college crowd. They are targeting the budget crowd. They will show you excactly what you're paying for. They don't try to hide any of the extra charges. In fact, if I recall when I booked, there was a page that showed me all that prior to booking.

Do your research. A trip up to Tampa, or down to RSW might suit some people better.

Wales, United...
Destination Expert
for Fuerteventura, Istria
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reviews: 53
3. Re: SkyBus is coming to SouthWest Florida!

Skybus is also coming to Cardiff!! How about a Skybus route linking Cardiff with South West Florida, that would be good.

Cardiff to Cornwall - Skybus launches new Newquay route

Skybus, Cornwall's longest serving airline, has announced the launch of a new route from Cardiff International Airport direct to Newquay, Cornwall's surf capital. The new service will start on March 10, 2008 with tickets now available at the introductory price of just £35 one way if booked before January 31, 2008.

The Cardiff to Newquay service will run five days a week, from Monday through until Friday. Tickets can now be booked online through the newly designed Skybus website http://www.skybus.co.uk/ which will soon be available in Welsh.

Jeff Marston, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company which operates the Skybus air service from Newquay said: " We have been looking at expanding our service and entering new markets for some time. The Cardiff to Newquay route is the perfect development for our service.

"We know that the route has been really popular in the past, with another carrier managing the route during 2005 through until the start of 2007. We are delighted to be able to reinstate the route and offer a convenient, reliable and quick service for the people of Wales and Cornwall."

The re introduction of the service will enable people flying from Cardiff to visit their Celtic cousins in Cornwall to arrive in time for a traditional cream tea or a pasty after only 40 minutes in the air. The short flight time opens up the possibility of short breaks and weekend shopping trips.

Graeme Gamble, Director of Operations at Cardiff International Airport said: "We welcome the return of the Cardiff - Cornwall connection which has proved very popular in the past. The Skybus service offers travellers a real alternative to the long journeys by rail and road and saves them a tremendous amount of time, with the flight lasting no more than 40 minutes.

"The re introduction of the route is excellent news for the Welsh leisure industry and for our business sector. Improving linkages between Wales and Cornwall is a great way to develop our economy through year round business."

Skybus took delivery of a twin otter aircraft last month in order to service its route expansion programme.

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