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Biloxi casino charter flights back on track


Beau Rivage Casino is offering its apologies to nearly 130 Florida customers whose Mississippi Coast vacation plans never got off the ground. A charter flight from St. Petersburg to Gulfport was canceled Monday after the plane was confiscated.

Beau Rivage has a service agreement with Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines to transport passengers between St. Petersburg and Gulfport. An engine company filed suit against Vision Airlines accusing the airline of not paying a $75,000 bill. A Florida judge ordered one of Vision's jets to be seized.

Passengers said it was a smooth flight from St. Petersburg to the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport. Moments after touching down dozens of Floridians boarded buses to whisk them off to Beau Rivage Casino.

Tina Knierim, a passenger said, "I just want to win some money. Maybe this might be my lucky day."

Passengers said they felt lucky their travel plans didn't have them leaving a day earlier. Tuesday's passengers flew on Sun Country Airlines, the company Beau Rivage contracted to step in after a Vision Airlines plane was seized in St. Petersburg. On Monday, Beau officials said 121 passengers were left with no way to get to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"I think this is an unfortunate disagreement between the carrier and one of its service providers," Beau Rivage Spokesperson Mary Cracchiolo-Spain said. "I think it will be resolved right away. Unfortunately passengers were inconvenienced. There will be no interruption of service and we don't anticipate any future delays on any flights."

Beau officials said they are working with the passengers who got left at the terminal to reschedule their trips based on customers schedules and flight availability.

WLOX called several times and sent emails to Vision Airlines but as of 7pm on Tuesday we have not heard back.

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