Without doubt you recall back in October it was announced that Southwest Airlines would be bringing their canyon blue jets over our emerald waters and gently be landing them at our brand-spankin new airport in Panama City Beach. People cheered, some teared up and the excitement spread like butter. Dubbed after two tries the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, St. Joe and Southwest partnered along with Coastal Vision 3000 and area TDC’s to come up with a dynamic plan to grown our area’s industry, tourism and hopefully population. When the big announcement was made, 8 flights a day were committed to from 4 different locations, but the locations were to be named in December.
And, no we don’t have those destinations to announce yet, but that should come in short notice, I’m sure. The purpose of this post is to see what destinations you think should be flying into our area. Of course, some of you who have family or frequent certain destination will be biased, but consider what places would bring the most people to Panama City Beach.
There will be 4 destinations total and tons of people have sounded off here on pcbdaily as to their preference, but let’s here from you all one more time.
I’ve created a poll in the sidebar to track, so please vote there. In addition, share with us in the comments below your pick! Please note, cheaters, that if you select one destination a million times, we’ll know the survey has been tampered with and you will be dealt with by tar and feather. All of the votes are logged by ip address.
Here are the cities we think are most likely to be future feeder markets for Panama City Beach:
Nashville, TN – tons of people from Nashville come down here already.
Birmingham, AL – tons of people from Birmingham come here already as well.
LaGuardia, NY (New York City) – There has been a huge interest in our area from people in New York in the last year. This is highly evident in the pcbdialy analytics.
Chicago, IL (Midway) – We beleive this to be a huge sleeper market that’s actually already feeding fairly heavily into our area, beleive it or not.
Dallas, TX (LoveField) – Forget the Wright Amendment, who cares if they can’t really fly here until 2014, bring ’em anyway!
Here are some others that we added to the poll to see what YOU think. If there are any destinations you think should be on this poll that aren’t, let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to add them.
- New Orleans, LA
- Orlando, FL
- Jackson, MS
- Columbus, OH
- Indianapolis, IN
- Detroit, MI
- Raleigh/Duram, NC
- St. Louis, MO