Okaloosa to file suit against Vision Airlines this week

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM.

A $4.50 passenger facility charge is collected by each airline for every paying passenger that flies out of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The airline keeps 11 cents from each charge for collecting the fee but is supposed to pay the remaining $4.39 to the airport within 30 days after the end of the month in which it is collected.

Vision Airlines started offering flights at Northwest Florida Regional in December 2010 but did not make its first passenger facility charge payment until October 2011, when it sent a $55,000 payment. The airline then agreed to a plan to make weekly payments of $25,000, which would have paid off the debt in only 11 weeks.

After that, though, the payments slowed and eventually stopped altogether. Vision also stopped communicating with the airport and did not return messages seeking comment on this story.

Vision owes similar debts in other cities it served, including Louisville, Ky.; Gulfport, Miss.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Baton Rouge, La.

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or dricketts@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.

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