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New U.S. airline Skybus looks to 25 cities

1 September 2006

An U.S. airline set to enter the low-cost travel market next year from a hub in Columbus, Ohio, has started looking at prospective airports. Skybus Airlines, run by a former partner in IBM Corp.’s travel consulting practice, hopes to fly to up to 25 cities in the United States starting next March.

It will model itself after European low-cost leader Ryanair, the company says. Skybus seeks to undercut discount rivals, such as Southwest Airlines, by offering “ultra-low fares,” says Chief Executive Officer Bill Diffenderffer.

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