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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 9:08am

Vision Airlines Leaves Savannah

Not even three months since landing in Savannah, Vision Airlines is leaving the market. Savannah airport officials never really saw the regional carrier as a good fit.

Vision offered flights three times a week to Destin/Fort Walton Beach for a total of 90 seats of weekly service. Officials with the carrier thought there would be demand for coastal Georgia passengers to fly to Florida.

But Bob Uhrich with Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport says Vision misread the Savannah market—already considered a destination.

“When they came in, we couldn’t hardly say ‘no we don’t want your business’. But we’d scratch our head wondering ‘destination market to destination market…’. It doesn’t make sense to us but we’re not the airlines.”

Vision’s exit July 17 is just ahead that of Allegiant Air, which drops Savannah to Fort Lauderdale service the following week.

Uhrich says he’s confident Savannah’s airport will soon land a larger low-cost airline. Right now it has five major carriers serving 14 cities.

Uhrich says they’ve had talks with a handful of airlines the last couple of months, including JetBlue (New York-based), Southwest (Dallas), and Gulfstream Airlines (Fort Lauderdale).