Vision Airlines will no longer offer services at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, an airport spokesman confirmed Friday.
Jim Caldwell said Vision is removing its local service because of economic issues.
Caldwell said the airport was surprised by the move even though it knew Vision was not booking many flights.
“It’s a difficult time for the industry,” Caldwell said, mentioning rising fuel prices as a main economic factor. “It’s particularly challenging for a smaller airline.”
Vision Airlines, which Caldwell said started services in Baton Rouge in April, offered few destinations out of Baton Rouge. He said its only two destinations were Destin, Fla., and Las Vegas.
“You can’t say no to them,” Caldwell said. “You want to give them a try.”
Caldwell said Vision recently bumped up its prices for its flights and then saw a drop in bookings.
Caldwell said Vision did not receive a subsidy from the city.
Ralph Hennessy, assistant director of aviation at Metro Airport, said Vision Airlines is either “terminating or reducing” its services at airlines across the country to “keep the company going.”
“It hasn’t worked out the way they thought it would,” Hennessy said.
Vision announced in January that it would offer flights out of Baton Rouge.
Vision Airlines was founded in 1994, according to its website.