On June 1, Vision Airlines will begin offering scheduled services to Northwest Florida Regional from Fort Lauderdale; Lafayette in Lousiana; Las Vegas (on a...

Vision Airlines is adding five new non-stop and one-stop destinations from Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) as the low-cost carrier continues its rapid build-up of service to its biggest scheduled-service focus city.

On June 1, Vision Airlines will begin offering scheduled services to VPS from Fort Lauderdale in Florida; Lafayette, Louisiana; Las Vegas (on a one-stop basis via Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which Vision already serves from VPS); Greater Memphis (through Tunica Municipal Airport in Mississippi); and St. Louis, Missouri.


Additionally, Vision Airlines is increasing the frequency of its existing three-times-weekly VPS-Atlanta service to a daily flight.

Northwest Florida Regional Airport, located in Florida’s upper-northwest “Panhandle”, serves the beach resorts of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island on Florida’s south-facing Emerald Coast.

To mark its new routes, Vision Airlines is offering $39 one-way introductory fares on the seven routes (not including taxes and fees) for online bookings made at between April 20 and April 24 and for travel between June 1 and July 15, 2011.

The introductory fares offered are only valid on Vision Airlines flights between Las Vegas and Baton Rouge, and Las Vegas and VPS; and between VPS and Tunica/Memphis, St. Louis, Lafayette, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta. All reservations must be completed by 11:59PM local time on April 24, 2011. For more information about Vision Airlines or to book a flight, visit www.visionairlines.com or call 1-877-FLY-A-JET.

The Boeing 737-300 and the slightly larger 737-400 form an important part of the Vision Airlines fleet. One of the carrier's 737-300s is photographed here during a final approach to landing

“Vision Airlines’ announcement is another sign that Florida’s beaches are clean and ready for visitors to enjoy, whether for business or a family vacation,” says the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott.

“The new routes to Destin/Fort Walton Beach are consistent with our planned growth to Florida,” says David Meers, Vision Airlines’ chief operating officer. “These markets are under-served by the major carriers and many of these markets have lost significant service over the years. In fact, there was a very recent announcement that Delta is dropping its non-stop flights from Memphis to Destin/Ft Walton Beach.”

Following a challenging year for the Emerald Coast tourism industry due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, so far  in 2011 Vision Airlines has announced non-stop, low-fare scheduled service from 19 destinations to Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

The carrier began service from 15 destinations to Northwest Florida Regional Airport over the period of a week from late March to early April. It had originally planned also to add non-stop service to VPS from Macon in Georgia and Birmingham in Alabama, but lack of advance-booking demand persuaded Vision Airlines not to launch the two services.

Vision Airlines says it will aggressively keep adding new scheduled-service markets around the country that offer the consumer excellent vacation values.

“Vision Airlines’ business plan is to make complete vacation packages affordable for everyone. Our expansion to Las Vegas and the other markets is consistent with our strategy to meet this objective,” says Meers. “We will continue to add cities and routes that are under-served and where there are very high prices.”

Meers adds, “We are particularly happy to add Las Vegas to our route system and will link numerous cities to Las Vegas in the near future.”

The airline – which is headquartered in Suwanee, near Atlanta – began operations in 1994 in Las Vegas. Today, the company operates a mixed fleet of aircraft including Boeing 767-200EM/ERs; Boeing 737-300s, 737-400s and a 737-800; and Dornier 328 and 328JET aircraft.

Vision Airlines, internationally known as a charter airline, has been flying scheduled services for more than two years. The company’s clients include US Presidential candidates, heads of state, countless celebrities, Fortune 1000 companies and resorts. The company also has offices in Louisville in Kentucky, Las Vegas and Miami.

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