The Triad, though, is trying to build an industry cluster around air travel. A planned FedEx hub expected to open in 2009 is at the heart of that effort.
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Skybus Airlines agreed to make the Triad a base for its operations after North Carolina and community officials promised incentives, including a $3.9 million grant from the state. Here's more on Skybus and what it has planned.
Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio; Top executive: Bill Diffenderffer, CEO
Business: Founded in 2004, Skybus is a discount airline that charges as little as $10 for tickets. It charges fees for every other service, including baggage check and in-flight food, and supplements revenue by selling cabin space to advertisers. It began operations in May.
Risks: Skybus is trying a new business model in a volatile, difficult industry. Investors include investment bank Morgan Stanley.
Skybus is expected to create 375 jobs in the Triad, mostly for pilots and flight attendants. Next year, it will begin new air service.
Beginning Jan. 6 A second daily flight to Columbus.
Beginning Jan. 15 Two daily flights to Portsmouth, N.H.; two daily flights to Punta Gorda, Fla.; one daily flight to St. Augustine, Fla.
Beginning Jan. 17 One daily flight to: Fort Lauderdale; Gulfport, Miss.; Chicopee, Mass.
Beginning Feb. 25 One daily flight to Burbank, Calif.
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