Airline Skybus gets off ground in May


Airline Skybus gets off ground in May — Airline start-up Skybus announced Tuesday that it will launch service next month from its Columbus, Ohio, base, moving discount travel in the USA closer than ever to the bare-bones model pioneered by Europe’s popular Ryanair. (USA Today)

Tripso Traveler: Brisbane Day Two — After a morning of business meetings, it was time to go back to exploring Brisbane. A few floating clouds crossed the blue sky and the temperatures stayed in the 80s with virtually no humidity. (Charles Leocha on Tripso)

Delta expects to soar after exiting Chapter 11 — As Delta Air Lines exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy next week, it leaves behind 19 months of tumult, including a hostile takeover attempt, a major strike threat, stratospheric fuel prices and deep cuts in jobs and paychecks. (USA Today)

US Airways drops Airbus deal to take off with Boeing — Airbus will receive another blow this week when US Airways ditches a $3.7 billion order in favor of the aircraft manufacturer’s American rival, Boeing. (The Times of London)

London tourism booms — London welcomed a record 15.2 million visitors from overseas in 2006, and spending by Americans reached the highest level since 2000, city tourism officials said Monday. (AP)

The rise of destination clubs — As family travel has grown in popularity, so have destination clubs, which offer affluent vacationers a relatively new way to travel. (Forbes Traveler)

Tourism director: La. tourism to fully rebound by 2010 — Louisiana’s tourism industry isn’t expected to reach its pre-Hurricane Katrina heights until 2010, after taking a $3 billion hit from the 2005 storm, the state’s tourism secretary said Monday. (AP)

If Checker Cabs could fly: Hop in, the meter’s running — DayJet plans to begin flying the nation’s first on-demand, per seat air taxi service in June. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

Oh Jeeves: Cruise butlers offer extra pampering — To many cruisers, the notion of having a personal butler on board is like sprouting an extra thumb — a mostly unnecessary appendage. After all, isn’t a cabin steward’s attention service enough? (The Los Angeles Times) (Registration required.)

Carrie Charney, Christopher Elliott, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.