PEOPLExpress Expands to Orlando

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Low-fare Service to 8th Destination from Newport News; New Service Begins Oct. 16; System Schedule Extended for Bookings Through March 31

We are continuing to fill gaps in air service with new non-stop flights people have been asking for.

PEOPLExpress™, built on the platform of an iconic brand to make air travel affordable and accessible, today announced new, non-stop service between Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Orlando International Airport effective Oct. 16.

The popular Florida destination will be the eighth city served from its Newport News base and the first new city since PEOPLExpress announced its initial destinations in May.

“People have been very receptive and supportive of our service from the beginning. Now we’re delighted to add an additional destination to fill a void in the market with a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel, dispelling the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience,” said Jeff Erickson, a long-time airline executive heading PEOPLExpress.

“Every week more and more people are embracing our mission to restore the concepts of respect, value and excitement to the air travel experience. Now, we’re offering even more reasons to say It’s Time to Fly Smart!™”

PEOPLExpress launched service June 30 to Newark, N.J., Boston and Pittsburgh from Newport News and has since added West Palm Beach, Fla., and Atlanta. Service to New Orleans starts on Aug. 28 with St. Petersburg, Fla., on Aug. 29 to complete its initial growth.

Since its inaugural flights, PEOPLExpress has carried nearly 40,000 customers on more than 450 flights.

Service to Orlando begins Oct. 16 with flights on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Introductory fares start at $89 each way. Reservations are now open for the new route.

“We are continuing to fill gaps in air service with new non-stop flights people have been asking for,” Erickson said. “We look forward to further smart growth as we identify opportunities that are a good fit for us.”

PEOPLExpress today also announced its fall and winter system schedule, with bookings available through March 31.

PEOPLExpress has developed a low-cost, a la carte service model that enables customers to create a customized travel product reflecting their individual wishes and budgets. Customers can choose to fly at an ultra-low price with friendly and attentive service but minimal frills or they can opt to purchase extras they want to make their trip more enjoyable, such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating or an upgrade to a Living Large™ seat with more personal space.

Tickets are on sale at or by calling toll free (844) 4-FLYPEX.


From its base at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, Vision Airlines dba PEOPLExpress, with a fleet of three Boeing 737 aircraft, is serving Atlanta, Boston, Newark, Pittsburgh and West Palm Beach. Service to New Orleans begins Aug. 28, St. Petersburg Aug. 29 and Orlando Oct. 16. Built on the platform of an iconic brand, the new PEOPLExpress is committed to restoring the concepts of respect, value and excitement to the air travel experience with a focus on safety, comfort and quality service at a great price. For more information, please visit

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