Airline starts new service to Myrtle Beach today

dbryant@thesunnews.comMay 31, 2012 

Vision Airlines will fly its first routes in and out of Myrtle Beach today, with a lineup of eight destinations.

Vision Airlines, an 18-year-old air carrier, will enter the Myrtle Beach market with flights to four cities in Ohio -- Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus; Indianapolis; Louisville; Nashville, and Springfield, Ill. The non-stop flights on 737 jet service will run to Oct. 31.

Vision Airlines, which used to provide service to Direct Air and is owed money by the now defunct carrier, was lured to Myrtle Beach by its strong tourism industry, with 14 million vacationers coming here a year, Vision officials have said.

Vision officials have said that Myrtle Beach-based Direct Air’s demise didn’t factor in the carrier’s decision to come here. Airport officials have said they hope Vision’s new flights, as well as increased flights by Spirit Airlines, can help make up some of the lost passenger traffic from Direct Air.

Company and airport officials will celebrate Vision’s arrival in Myrtle Beach with a news conference at 11 a.m. today.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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