It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over. The brand new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport opens on May 23rd, 2010, and Panama City Beach is abuzz with the excitement!
Let’s go back for a second so we can see just how far we have come. Here’s a clip from a PCBDaily article dated September 2008:
“The Panama City – Bay County International Airport Authority announced its intentions this week to construct a 10,000-foot main runway at the new airport in West Bay, subject to obtaining necessary permits and approvals. Construction of the $318 million state-of-the-art airport began in January 2008 and is now nearly three months ahead of schedule. The runway has been graded and paving is scheduled to begin in early October, four months ahead of schedule. “Construction of the new airport is going very well,” said Randy Curtis, the airport’s executive director. “It is truly amazing to see 10 years of planning coming to life.”
In just 8 short days, flights will be taking off from the new airport site on County Road 388, and, if all goes according to plan, bringing in lots of visitors from a much wider demographic. A Southwest Airlines spokesperson has said the low-cost airline has received more bookings than expected for the opening of service to Northwest Florida, so it looks as though we are right on track and set to become one of the nation’s hottest new vacation spots!