Savannah airport lands another low-cost airline

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Another low-cost airline has landed at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport to offer cheap flights to Florida. 

This time it's Vision Airlines, and it will be flying from Savannah to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla., beginning March 25. Flights will cost $89 one way.

The Savannah Morning News has a story about Vision's arrival, and the press release as posted on the airport's Facebook page is pasted below.

You might remember that back in September Allegiant Air also announced that it would be running cheap flights to Florida. You can check out that back story here.

The Press Release:

ATLANTA, GA. – JAN. 18, 2010 – Vision Airlines announces today the launch of it’s non-stop, low-fare air service between Savannah, Ga., and Destin • Fort Walton Beach, Fla., beginning April 1, 2011, with rates starting at $89/one way*. To celebrate the largest expansion of a commercial airline in more than a decade, travelers may book flights to Florida at the $49/one-way introductory fare, when booked between Jan. 18 – 23, 2011. “Vision Airlines is excited to offer this new, low-cost air service to the Savannah community and surrounding areas,” said David Meers -- chief operating officer, commercial operations, Vision Airlines. “It is our desire to continue to grow our service and route structure, and offer tremendous value to leisure travelers.” Vision Airlines will operate flights three days per week, from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) to Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), utilizing a 30-seat Dornier 328 aircraft, allowing travelers to experience an outstanding beach destination the minute they step off the plane. Encompassing the southern sea towns of Destin • Fort Walton Beach • Okaloosa Island, Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast has something for everyone, from basking on 24 miles of shockingly-white shoreline and teeing off on more than 1,080 challenging holes, to casting lines in the fish-filled waters of the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and watching dolphins dance at the state’s oldest marine, Florida’s Gulfarium. “The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is thrilled to offer it’s customers another travel option and a new destination,” Patrick S. Graham, executive director, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport says. “We hope this partnership with Vision Airlines will continue to grow and that the Savannah/Hilton Head area will also become a travel destination for their other markets.”

Flight Schedule: Effective March 25, 2011

Starting at $89/each way

Day Depart VPS Arrive SAV Depart SAV Arrive VPS

Sunday 11:55 AM* 2:20 PM 3:05 PM 3:30 PM*

Thursday 11:55 AM* 2:20 PM 3:05 PM 3:30 PM*

Saturday 11:55 AM* 2:20 PM 3:05 PM 3:30 PM*

*VPS flight times are in Central Standard Time (CST)

Following a challenging year for the Emerald Coast tourism industry due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, Vision Airlines confidently introduces non-stop, low-fare flight service from 20 markets into the destination acclaimed as the “Best Beach Town in the South” for 14 consecutive years by the readers of Southern Living. The airline will continue to aggressively serve new markets around the country that offer the consumer tremendous vacation values. Starting March 25, 2011, Vision Airlines will serve the following markets to Northwest Florida:

• Atlanta • Baton Rouge, La. • Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

• Little Rock, Ark. • Knoxville, Tenn. • Birmingham, Ala.

• Huntsville, Ala. • Macon, Ga. • St. Petersburg, Fla.

• Punta Gorda, Fla. • Savannah, Ga. • Louisville, Ky.

Starting April 1, 2011, Vision Airlines will serve the following markets to Northwest Florida:

• Chattanooga, Tenn. • Asheville, N.C. • Columbia, S.C.

• Shreveport, La. • Orlando-Sanford

Vision Airlines – headquartered in Atlanta – began operations in 1994 in Las Vegas. Today, the company operates a mixed fleet of aircraft including the Boeing 767, Boeing 737 and Dornier 328 aircraft. Vision Airlines, internationally recognized/established as a premier charter airline, has been flying scheduled service for more than two years. The company’s clients include US Presidential candidates, heads of state, countless celebrities, Fortune 1000 companies and some of the world’s most recognized resorts. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, and also has offices in Louisville, Ky., Las Vegas and Miami.

For more information about Vision Airlines or to book a flight, please visit or call 1-877-FLY-A-JET.

* Taxes and travel fees apply. Vision Airlines Baggage Policy: Standard Size Checked Bag (Advance Purchase) - $15.00,

Standard Size Checked Bag (at airport) - $25.00, Overweight Checked Bag - $75.00, Sports Equipment - $50.00.


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