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There have been some big changes happening at VPS over the last couple of months. On December 17th, Vision Airlines began service to and from VPS. This brings the total to 6 airlines operating out of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. In order to penetrate the market, Vision’s first destinations from VPS were Miami and Niagara Falls, NY with fares as low as $79 each way.

On the morning of the 17th people filed into the airport dressed in one of two ways… ready for the beach or ready for the cold. They were going on the inaugural flights from VPS to Niagara Falls (IAG) and Miami (MIA) aboard shiny, red and white Boeing 737 jet aircraft. On hand were executives representing the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), airlines and the media as well as gulf coast area residents who were fortunate enough to have booked a seat on these historic flights. Upon arrival, these passengers were greeted by executives representing the destination airports. It was a truly eventful and exciting day for all.

Niagara Falls has been a tourist attraction since the 18th century. People have flocked to see the wondrous beauty of nature and the awe inspiring power of the falls. The direct flights now make this destination a mere 2 hours away from the beautiful beaches of the Florida Panhandle. Conversely, the route provides easy access to the warmth and sunshine of the Florida coast for visitors from the north who would like to escape the freezing cold. Often referred to as “snowbirds”, these people flock to warmer climates during the bone chilling winter months.

Miami, now only an eighty-five minute flight from VPS, is a haven for shopping, dining and culture in Florida. The year-round mild temperature can provide a reprieve for north Florida residents who find the 60 degree winter days to be too cold. A weekend getaway for 2 can now be made for just a few hundred dollars plus expenses. If done by car, it would cost far more just to keep gas in the tank to complete the trip.

“The addition of direct air service to Niagara Falls and Miami creates a tremendous opportunity for not just Destin and Fort Walton Beach, but for all of Northwest Florida,” said Michael Stenson, business development manager of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. “This new service eases travel expenses and time to our friends in Canada and New York with low fare, direct service to Northwest Florida which includes Pensacola, Panama City, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Seaside; and will provide previously non-existent service to South Florida aboard a much larger 737aircraft.”

Vision later lowered the fares to these destinations creating a $49 each way fare to Miami and adding a free companion for trips to and from Niagara Falls. If you’d like more information about Vision Airlines and upcoming destinations, visit their website at www.visionairlines.com or call them at 1-877-FLY-A-JET.