Vision Airlines has begun twice-weekly, low-fare scheduled service linking Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) with Miami International Airport (MIA) via Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), which serves the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area.
The airline’s fares on the route start at $79 each way, plus government taxes and airline fees.
Vision Airlines will operate service on the route year-round, according to a spokeswoman. The carrier is operating round-trips on the IAG-VPS-MIA route on Fridays and Sundays using Boeing 737-400s. Vision Airlines’ IATA flight code is ‘V2’.
The airline says the new service will provide leisure travelers from Canada and upstate New York a new, low-cost way to reach the beaches of Florida and believes that “snowbirds” will flock to the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area on its direct flights.
“Vision Airlines is excited to offer this new, low-cost air service to the community of Destin-Fort Walton Beach,” said David Meers, senior vice president for Vision Airlines. “It is our desire to continue to grow our service and route structure and offer tremendous value to leisure travelers. We are also excited to bring this super, low-cost service to the Miami market, as well. There is a need for affordable air travel to the South Florida market.”
The airline’s schedule on the route sees its flight V2 602 departing MIA at 7:30 a.m. and reaching VPS at 7:55 a.m. local time. (Fort Walton Beach is on Central Standard Time at present and on Central Daylight Time during the summer months.) The flight is timed to leave VPS again at 8:29 a.m. and arrive at IAG at 11:55 a.m. local time (IAG is on Eastern Standard Time, as is MIA.)
In the other direction, flight V2 601 is timed to push back from the gate at IAG at 12:40 p.m. and to land at VPS at 2:06 p.m. local time. The flight then leaves VPS again at 2:36 p.m. in order to make a 5:00 p.m. arrival at MIA.
“The addition of direct air service to Niagara Falls and Miami creates a tremendous opportunity for not just Destin and Fort Walton Beach, but for all of Northwest Florida,” says Michael Stenson, business development manager of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. “This new service eases travel expenses and time to our friends in Canada and New York with low fare, direct service to Northwest Florida, and will provide previously non-existent service to South Florida aboard a much larger 737 aircraft.”
Vision Airlines’ new IAG-VPS-MIA service also offers residents of Okaloosa County (in which Northwest Florida Regional Airport is located) a quick way to take weekend breaks or vacations in Niagara Falls, northern New York State, southern Canada and Miami.
The carrier – which is headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia – began operations in 1994 in Las Vegas, offering sightseeing flights from North Las Vegas Airport to the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, Marble Canyon and Monument Valley.
Vision Airlines then developed a varied charter business. The carrier says its charter clients have included U.S. Presidential candidates, heads of state, many celebrities, Fortune 1000 companies and some of the world’s most-recognized resorts. It is perhaps best-known for being the airline which the U.S. Government chartered to operate a special flight with a Boeing 767-200ER from New York LaGuardia on July 9, 2010 to transport 10 convicted Russian spies to Vienna, where it embarked four alleged Western spies.
The airline has also operated schedules in the Western U.S. for more than two years.
Vision Airlines’ new IAG-VPA-MIA service, launched on December 17, begins four days after Vision Airlines began operating twice-daily scheduled service between Louisville International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky and Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) with Dornier 328 turboprops. (Vision Airlines intends to upgrade to Boeing 737s on the route once traffic builds to the point where they make commercial sense.)
The carrier operates a varied fleet which includes a Boeing 737-400, four 737-400s, a 737-800, four 767-200ER/EMs, a Bombardier Q200, five Dornier 228s, four Dornier 328s and two Fairchild Dornier 328JETs. In addition to its headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia, Vision Airlnes also maintains offices in Las Vegas, Louisville and Miami.
For more information about Vision Airlines, visit www.visionairlines.com or call 1-877-FLY-A-JET.