Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
Vision Airlines will officially announce tomorrow a direct flight service to Destin, Fla., from Little Rock National Airport. To celebrate, there will be an introductory fare between LR and Destin of $49 (one-way) for flights booked Jan. 18-23. Flilghts will begin March 25; regular fare will be $89 each way.
Airport Director Ron Mathieu told his board's finance committee meeting that he'd have an announcement about the added route and airline this week.
Press release on jump.
VISION AIRLINES ANNOUNCES NEW NON-STOP, LOW-FARE SERVICE
BETWEEN LITTLE ROCK AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA
ATLANTA, GA. — JAN. 18, 2010 — Vision Airlines announces today the launch of it’s non-stop, low-fare air
service between Little Rock, Ark., and Destin • Fort Walton Beach, Fla., beginning March 25, 2011, with
rates starting at $89/one way*. To celebrate the largest expansion of a commercial airline in more than a
decade, travelers may book flights to Florida at the $49/one way introductory fare, when booked between Jan.
18 — 23, 2011.
“Vision Airlines is excited to offer this new, low-cost air service to the Little Rock community and
surrounding areas,” said David Meers — chief operating officer, commercial operations, Vision Airlines. “It is
our desire to continue to grow our service and route structure, and offer tremendous value to leisure travelers.”
Vision Airlines will operate flights three days per week, from Little Rock National Airport (LIT) to
Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), utilizing a 148-seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft, allowing travelers to
experience an outstanding beach destination the minute they step off the plane.
Encompassing the southern sea towns of Destin • Fort Walton Beach • Okaloosa Island, Northwest
Florida’s Emerald Coast has something for everyone, from basking on 24 miles of shockingly-white shoreline
and teeing off on more than 1,080 challenging holes, to casting lines in the fish-filled waters of the “World’s
Luckiest Fishing Village” and watching dolphins dance at the state’s oldest marine park, Florida’s Gulfarium.
“We are pleased to offer a new airline and new destination from LIT, and we know there are many
people from Arkansas who head to Destin on a regular basis who will benefit from the service,” said Ron
Mathieu, executive director, Little Rock National Airport. “We encourage our market to support the service and
take full advantage of the convenience it offers over long drive time.”
Flight Schedule: Effective March 25, 2011
Starting at $89/each way
Day Depart VPS Arrive LIT Depart LIT Arrive VPS
Tuesday 9:05 AM 10:25 AM 11:10 AM 12:35 PM
Thursday 6:30 PM 7:50 PM 8:35 PM 10:00 PM
Saturday 5:05 PM 6:25 PM 7:10 PM 8:35 PM
*Flight times are in Central Standard Time (CST)
Following a challenging year for the Emerald Coast tourism industry due to the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill in April 2010, Vision Airlines confidently introduces non-stop, low-fare flight service from 20 markets
into the destination acclaimed as the “Best Beach Town in the South” for 14 consecutive years by the readers of
Southern Living. The airline will continue to aggressively serve new markets around the country that offer the
consumer tremendous vacation values.
Starting March 25, 2011, Vision Airlines will serve the following markets to Northwest Florida:
• Atlanta • Baton Rouge, La. • Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.
• Little Rock, Ark. • Knoxville, Tenn. • Birmingham, Ala.
• Huntsville, Ala. • Macon, Ga. • St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Punta Gorda, Fla. • Savannah, Ga. • Louisville, Ky.
Starting April 1, 2011, Vision Airlines will serve the following markets to Northwest Florida:
• Chattanooga, Tenn. • Asheville, N.C. • Columbia, S.C.
• Shreveport, La. • Orlando-Sanford
Vision Airlines — headquartered in Atlanta — began operations in 1994 in Las Vegas. Today, the
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 flying scheduled
service for more than two years. The company’s clients include US Presidential candidates, heads of state,
countless celebrities, Fortune 1000 companies and some of the world’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
* Taxes and travel fees apply. Vision Airlines Baggage Policy: Standard Size Checked Bag (Advance Purchase) - $15.00, Standard
Size Checked Bag (at airport) - $25.00, Overweight Checked Bag - $75.00, Sports Equipment - $50.00.
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