Damn shame: Vision Airlines suspends service to Northwest Florida

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A year after Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders trumpeted the arrival of Vision Airlines to Northwest Florida, the airline is suspending service to the region on February 29, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Vision Airlines is evaluating its late spring and summer schedule. Gini Strobel, marketing manager for the airline, wrote in an email that Vision may add new flights to Northwest Florida Regional, but no decision has been made.

Flights to and from Northwest Florida Regional can only be booked through Feb. 29.

“Destin has been a great market for Vision Airlines and we are determining the summer routes,” Strobel wrote in an email. “As you know, many of the routes we flew this past year are drive-in markets, so we are looking at what will work best for the Destin passengers. Additionally, Southwest is announcing their routes and we do not want to compete with this major carrier.”

Strobel wrote that Vision Airlines is ending its 32-seater Dornier 328 passenger service and will transition those aircraft for Vision’s tour operations. Going forward, Vision Airlines will use its Boeing 737s for its commercial operations.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.