published Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Vision adds flights, cuts plane size

Vision Airlines has doubled the number of nonstops it flies from Chattanooga to Florida’s Panhandle each week, but cut the size of the aircraft.

The discount carrier that in April started two flights a week from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to Destin/Fort Walton Beach has gone to four weekly, according to Bill Maloney, the airline’s director of business development.

Through Sept. 10, the Suwanee, Ga.-based airline has added one nonstop on Tuesdays and Saturdays to go with its existing flights on Thursdays and Sundays.

But the airline has dropped the 148-seat Boeing 737 jets and is using 30-seat Dornier turboprops on the flights to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, said airport spokeswoman Christina Siebold.

“People want more frequency in the market,” she said. “I think it will be a good fit. They’re confident they’ll be successful long-term.”

Vision, which began as a charter line, in April launched commercial service in more than 20 cities. It’s flying between Chattanooga and Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Eglin, Fla.

Vision Airlines also has announced one-stop service to five other cities from Chattanooga.

Chattanooga travelers can fly from Lovell Field via Destin/Fort Walton Beach to Orlando/Sanford, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Shreveport, La.; St. Petersburg/Tampa, Fla.; and Atlanta, according to the airline.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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