Vision Airlines gets the New York Times treatment

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Vision Airlines continues to receive favorable press, this time from the New York Times, which featured the airline as part of a story aboutmajor carriers continuing to raise rates and cut capacity, while budget airlines with names such as Vision, Sun Country and Direct Air, which operate mainly out of small American cities, are adding new flights with low fares.

Vision Airlines, based in Suwanee, Ga., started out as a charter service in 1994 and began flying scheduled service late last year betweenAtlanta andLouisville, Ky., and betweenNiagara Falls, N.Y., and northwestern Florida.It now flies prop planes and Boeing 737 jets from its hub in Destin to more than 20 cities in the Southeast, with rates typically $89 to $109 each way.

WHERE IT FLIES More than20 cities in the Southeast, including Atlanta,Asheville, N.C., Little Rock, Ark., and Louisville, Ky., with nonstop flights to and from Destin, Fla.

THE RUNDOWN Vision offers seat assignments and in-flight snacks and nonalcoholic drinks for no extra fees. The first checked bag costs between $15 and $25.

BOOKING Sign up for e-mail alerts to find out about specials like a recent summer sale with fares from $59 each way (normally $89 to $109) from Destin to Orlando? Sandford International Airport, Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda, Fla., and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport.

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.