Fares from Hilton Head not good for business

info@islandpacket.comNovember 17, 2012 

Recently, I had to fly to Chicago for a few days. I checked the air fare with US Airways from Hilton Head Island. It was shockingly high at $754. One can fly to Europe and back for about the same fare.

Even more shocking were the comparative air fares with the same airline from Charleston and Jacksonville, Fla.: From Charleston, $395; from Jacksonville, $421.

The differences in these fares cannot be justified on distances, number of stops (all had one stop) or any other reason. Is US Airways socking it to us because of its monopolistic position?

Our mayor's efforts to promote Hilton Head as a tourist destination are not being helped by these exorbitant air fares. As a CFO, I know where I am not likely to hold my next business meeting. It does not encourage people who do not want to drive to come here. I know some friends who would rather fly to Florida than come to Hilton Head because of the prohibitive cost of flying.

I flew to Chicago from Jacksonville with Airtran for $324 round-trip.

Kris Bhasin

Hilton Head Island

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service