Vision Airlines Cuts Flights | Faces PFC Debt

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Vision Airlines Cuts Routes | Vision Faces Unpaid PFC Dept

Vision Airlines Cancels Louisville Flights

Vision Airlines has scaled back their new flights in the Louisville market. Several of the new routes Vision previously announced to start in mid-December are no longer operating.

At Louisville International Airport (SDF), Vision Airlines is no longer flying to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Meyes/Punta Gorda (PGD), and Orlando-Sanford Airport (SFB).  According to their published schedules, the only city pairs served are:

  • Louisville (SDF) – Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS) — Equipment: Boeing 737
  • Louisville (SDF) – Grand Bahama Island (FPO)  — Equipment: Boeing 737
  • Louisville (SDF) – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) — Equipment: Dornier 328 Turboprop

As of March 1, 2012, Vision Airlines will cut all routes from Louisville except the non-stop flight to Grand Bahama Island (FPO).

Further Cuts by Vision Airlines

Vision Airlines had planned to operate Champaign, Illinois (CMI) to Punta Gorda (PGD) and Clarksburg, WV (CKB) to Orlando-Sanford (SFD) from the period of December 19, 2011 through March 31, 2012.

These flights no longer exist on Vision’s schedule.

As of the end of February, it appears Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS) and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) will no longer be served by the carrier.  The nature of their Florida routes is seasonal; with warmer weather ahead, they start competing with the automobile.

As the airline has pared down its schedule, we’ve heard accounts from many upset customers working to obtain refunds.  In theory, it appears Vision had a good strategy to bring jet service into undeserved markets with unmet demand, but where things went wrong, we’re not quite sure as the carrier is being extremely quiet.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) currently rates Vision Airlines as an “F” at the time of this writing.  The Better Business Bureau has received numerous complaints over the past 12 months, the majority of the complaints falling into the “Problems with Product / Service” category. (1)

It appears Vision still owes airports, including Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) which serves the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area money for passenger facility surcharges, also known as PFC’s.  According to a January 24, 2012, report from Northwest Florida Daily News (2), the airline still owes the airport in excess of $224,000.

Vision Airlines Updated Schedule

At this point, as of March 1, 2012, through April 30, 2012, it appears Vision will only remain flying in the following markets:

  • Baltimore Washington Intl (BWI) – Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (FPO)
  • Louisville Intl Airport (SDF) – Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (FPO)
  • Raleigh-Durham Intl (RDU) – Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (FPO)
  • Richmond, Virginia (RIC) – Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (FPO)
  • Fort Lauderdale Intl (FLL) – Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (FPO)
  • Gulfport-Biloxi International (GPT) – St. Petersburg/Tampa (PIE)

The flights to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, are said to be seasonal, which begs the question, what will become of Vision Airlines?

See our article, Vision Airlines Goes Low Cost, Big Jet, but In Debt? – written on December 3, 2011 for more information on Vision Airlines, PFC debt, and a class action lawsuit concerning work done for the US Department of Defense in Kabul and Baghdad.

(1) Better Business Bureau: Vision Airlines Report
(2) Northwest Florida Daily News: Vision Suspends Local Service

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