Florida Governor says Vision Airlines can revitalize the state’s post-oil-spill economy

Florida Governor says Vision Airlines can revitalize the state's post-oil-spill economy. Picture shows Florida's state flag.

Florida’s governor, Richard Scott, believes that newcomer Vision Airlines can kick-start the state’s economy, which has been hanging on the ropes since the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico frightened off many of the tourists.

Working with Richard Scott and local officials in northwest Florida, Vision Airlines is expected to play a pivotal role in rebuilding the state’s gulf coast tourism economy.

Destin/Fort Walton Beach, also known as Florida’s Emerald Coast, is the most-affected area.

“It wasn’t pollution that destroyed our tourism economy, it was the wave of negative publicity,” says Northwest Florida Regional Airport Director Gregg Donovan. “Unlike neighboring gulf coast states to the west of us, there were no tar balls on our beaches, no oil slicks in the water and no petroleum-scented sea breezes. Yet, the tourists stayed away.”

Mark Bellinger, Director of Okaloosa County’s Tourism Development Council, says, “We forecast that Vision Airlines will deliver thousands of passengers to the Emerald Coast each week. That means tourists will be able to see first hand that our beaches are still sugary-white and the Gulf waters are still emerald green.”

Bellinger adds, “Because airfares to our area have been so expensive, most tourists drive here for long vacations. Now they can afford to fly here — even for weekend getaways.”

Meek says, “Making air travel affordable means more tourist dollars, which will create jobs at resorts, restaurants and even miniature golf courses.”

According to Governor Scott, Vision Airlines’ passenger traffic will create upward of 4,000 jobs in related industries.

Florida Cities
Vision Airlines also offers direct flights from several cities to Ft. Lauderdale; Miami; Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers; Sanford/Orlando and St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa.

Intrastate Florida Flights
The airline is now linking Northwestern Florida with other areas of the state with flights to and from Southeastern, Southwestern and Central Florida.

Vision Airlines also provides twice daily non-stop service between Atlanta, GA and Louisville, KY.

Mississippi’s Casino Coast
Another Vision Airlines destination is Mississippi’s Casino Coast. The carrier offers flights from Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX and St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa, FL to Gulfport/Biloxi, MS.

Business Model
Vision Airlines’ business model is based on offering non-stop and direct flights to Florida from secondary U.S. cities that have been ignored by the major airlines.

People in these cities are currently forced to fly in cramped regional jets, endure long layovers while connecting through other cities and they must pay extremely high airfares.

Vision Airlines now offers Boeing 737 jet flights on direct routes that other airlines do not fly.

“Essentially, Vision Airlines has no competition,” says well-known aviation industry analyst Michael Boyd. “Therefore, Vision Airlines is likely to be very successful.”

*Fares shown exclude Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9.00, September 11th Security Fees of up to $2.50 per enplanement and US segment fee of $3.70 per segment. A segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. All fares are one-way. Round trip purchase not required. All fares are non-refundable and a $100 fee per person applies to change made after purchase, plus any applicable increase in airfare. Baggage Fees of up to $30 each way per checked bag. Seats are limited and subject to availability and may not be available on all flights. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.

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