Published Jan. 18, 2011
A charter airline that got its start in 1994 offering aerial tours of the Grand Canyon, Vision is expanding the commercial service it started just two years ago. The company announced today that it will launch service at 20 Southeastern cities this spring. In addition to Greenville-Spartanburg, Columbia and Asheville are on the list, with service there beginning April 1.
Vision, headquartered outside Atlanta, will fly to the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, providing a gateway to the coastal towns in the Florida panhandle. The company operates a mixed fleet of Boeing 767, Boeing 737 and Dornier 328 aircraft.
At GSP, Vision will fly a 148-seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft.
The low-cost airline will operate at GSP three days a week:
|Day||Depart Florida||Arrive GSP||Depart GSP||Arrive Florida|
|Sunday||5:35 p.m.||6:50 p.m.||7:35 p.m.||8:55 p.m.|
|Wednesday||5:35 p.m.||6:50 p.m.||7:35 p.m.||8:55 p.m.|
|Friday||5:35 p.m.||6:50 p.m.||7:35 p.m.||8:55 p.m.|
The service begins less than two weeks after GSP welcomes another low-fare carrier, Southwest Airlines, which will make seven daily non-stop flights to five destinations beginning March 13.
Vision, a smaller operation, is offering introductory fares of $49 one-way if booked Jan. 18-23. After that, rates start at $89 one-way.
“We are excited to welcome Vision Airlines and their new non-stop service to Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast,” said GSP Executive Director Dave Edwards. “We believe this new service will be well received and very successful as the state of Florida is a popular destination for Upstate travelers.”
The other cities where Vision is launching service are Atlanta; Little Rock, Ark.; Hunstville, Ala.; Punta Gorda, Fla.; Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Macon, Ga.; Savannah, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Orlando, Fla.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Shreveport, La.
“It is our desire to continue to grow our service and route structure and offer tremendous value to leisure travelers,” said David Meers, chief operating officer of commercial operations for Vision.