Published: May 24, 2011 10:26 PM EDT
Updated: May 24, 2011 10:29 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- While in season, up to 35 commercial flights a week fly into the Punta Gorda Airport, all of them non-stop, or point to point. Up until now, this has been the only way available to travel out of the airport.

If one of the three carriers had a flight that was going to your approximate destination, then you were in luck. But all that is about to change. Vision Air, which has two flights a week into Punta Gorda, announced last week that on June first, it will be opening a hub in Destin, Fla.

The hub will give travelers the ability to change planes and head on to other destinations.

The change will add four new destinations right away with the potential for almost 20 more.

“It might indicate some additional options down the road”, said airport director Gary Quill,

Not only is this going to open up travel options for residents, but it will open up Punta Gorda as a travel destination in other markets that the airline currently travels to. Jim Lawson just opened a restaurant in Punta Gorda. He said that any new business is welcome: “It provides more jobs more taxes and again it makes Punta Gorda more of a tourist destination instead of just a transient location.”

With a new $4 million air traffic control tower being built and an expansion planned for the existing terminal in the next two years, this could just mean the beginning of serious air travel options for Charlotte County.