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VISION AIRLINES LANDS AT TUNICA WITH FLIGHTS STARTING AT $39

VISION AIRLINES LANDS AT TUNICA WITH FLIGHTS STARTING AT $39


During the spring and summer Destin, Fla., is a popular beach getaway destination for Memphians. And this week Vision Airlines began service between Tunica Airport – about an hour from Memphis – and the Florida beach city, where Vision has a hub. The Tunica-Destin flight will then connect to Baton Rouge, La., and Las Vegas.

Cliff Nash, director of the Tunica Airport, hopes the Vision service might be expanded to restore service to and from Atlanta that ended in early May when a yearlong contract with AirTran Airways ended and was not renewed. The contract was with Harrah’s, which had subsidized the service.

“When they were negotiating it, Harrah’s was not willing to underwrite it at 100 percent and they thought that the numbers that they had generated for the year spoke for themselves,” Nash said of Harrah’s. “They seemed rather surprised that AirTran did not want to keep the flight at anything less than a 100-percent guarantee.”

Nash sees Vision Airlines as an opening to a different group of travelers than those that are making connections on the larger air carriers at Memphis International Airport.

“We’re here mainly as a result of the gaming industry,” Nash said. “That’s what has created the need for the airport.”

The airport, operated by the Tunica Airport Commission and close to the county’s nine casinos, includes a new 10,500-square-foot terminal building that opened this past fall.

Don Shepley, board chairman of the Mississippi Airports Association and director of the Biloxi Gulfport International Airport, said Suwanee, Ga.-based Vision brings a different approach to regional air travel. (more)

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Article by BILL DRIES, The Daily News | Read full article here