Vision Airlines announces today the expansion of itâ€™s low-fare air serviceÂ from 17 new markets to the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) beginning Mar. 25 and April 1,Â 2011, with rates starting at $79/one way. To celebrate the largest expansion of a commercial airline inÂ more than a decade, travelers may book flights from Northwest Florida to any of the new markets for a lowÂ $49/one way introductory fare, when booked between Jan. 18 â€“ 23, 2011.
Vision Airlines will operate flights seven days a week using Boeing 737 and Dornier 328 aircraft.Â The new service provides leisure and business travelers around the country a new, low-cost way to escapeÂ to the emerald-green beaches of Northwest Florida for a weekend or the entire season. â€œVision Airlines is excited to offer these new flight services to the community of Destin-FortÂ Walton Beach in a confident effort to bring visitors back to the destination,â€ said David Meers, chiefÂ operating officer, commercial operations, Vision Airlines. â€œIt is our desire to continue to grow our serviceÂ and route structure, and offer tremendous value to travelers.” â€œVision Airlinesâ€™ new low-fare service on large Boeing 737 aircraft will offer passengers affordableÂ flights to the Emerald Coast and will bring thousands of visitors to the shores of Destin and Fort WaltonÂ Beach to enjoy the sugar-white beaches and clean, emerald-green water,â€ said Michael Stenson, businessÂ development manager of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. â€œLocated between Panama City to the eastÂ and Pensacola to the west, we expect to draw passengers from all of Northwest Florida â€“ making VPS theÂ major airport on Floridaâ€™s Emerald Coast.â€ The amphitheatre-style main stage at Harborwalk Village has been dedicated to Vision Airlines. TheÂ outdoor, waterfront venue hosts live shows and music performances throughout the year and will nowÂ feature promotions with Vision Airlines in bringing concert guests into the area. For Okaloosa County residents, weekend vacation destinations are now only a short flight away,Â from the Kentucky Derby in Louisville and Ashevilleâ€™s live music scene, to the country roots of KnoxvilleÂ and Atlantaâ€™s professional sporting events. Following a challenging year for the Emerald Coast tourism industry due to the Deepwater HorizonÂ oil spill in April 2010, Vision Airlines confidently introduces non-stop, low-fare flight service from nearlyÂ 20 markets into the destination acclaimed as the â€œBest Beach Town in the Southâ€ for 14 consecutive yearsÂ by the readers of Southern Living. The airline will continue to aggressively serve new markets around theÂ country that offer the consumer tremendous vacation values.
Starting March 25, 2011, Vision Airlines will serve the following markets to/from Northwest Florida:
â€¢ Atlanta â€¢ Baton Rouge, La. â€¢ Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.
â€¢ Little Rock, Ark. â€¢ Knoxville, Tenn. â€¢ Birmingham, Ala.
â€¢ Huntsville, Ala. â€¢ Macon, Ga. â€¢ St. Petersburg, Fla.
â€¢ Punta Gorda, Fla. â€¢ Savannah, Ga. â€¢ Louisville, Ky.
Starting April 1, 2011, Vision Airlines will serve the following markets to/from Northwest Florida:
â€¢ Chattanooga, Tenn. â€¢ Asheville, N.C. â€¢ Columbia, S.C.
â€¢ Shreveport, La. â€¢ Orlando-Sanford
Vision Airlines â€“ headquartered in Atlanta â€“ began operations in 1994 in Las Vegas. Today, theÂ company operates a mixed fleet of aircraft including the Boeing 767, Boeing 737 and Dornier 328 aircraft. Vision Airlines, internationally recognized/established as a premier charter airline, has been flyingÂ scheduled service for more than two years. The companyâ€™s clients include US Presidential candidates, headsÂ of state, countless celebrities, Fortune 1000 companies and some of the worldâ€™s most-recognized resorts. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, and also has offices in Louisville, Ky., Las Vegas and Miami. For more information about Vision Airlines or to book a flight, please visit www.visionairlines.com or call 1-877-FLY-A-JET.