Friday, March 17, 2006

Hooters goes bust

That was the headline in the CV today.:

Hooters Air will be the second low-fare, leisure-oriented airline in two years to fold at the local airport. Vacation Express — a startup service created by the airport, counties and contracted charter operators — shut down in September 2004. That venture was plagued by declining ticket sales after problems with delays, cancellations and a drunken pilot. Hooters Air, based in Myrtle Beach S.C., was a different story. The airline sold tickets, but its low fares could not cover its costs, airport officials said Thursday.

How many more companies will they pay off to come here? Then get burned?

"It has helped create real competition in the marketplace, reduced overall costs of flying out of here and increased total enplanements," Luzerne County Commissioner Todd Vonderheid said. “We’ve had two carriers that haven't been successful, but the program has been overwhelmingly successful," he added.

The program has been successful? The only 2 carriers they have been able to lure to the airport pulled out in no time.

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