You know how when you see project or construction renderings, the imagery always seems so polished, glossy and beautiful looking? You always hope the final product will look just half as good as the original artist’s touch, but the real thing just never seems to be quite as beautiful. Well, in the case of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport – the exact opposite is true. The final product, to me, looks even more beautiful than the original artist’s concepts.
It was January when I was looking through some old PCBDaily pictures and realized that I didn’t have any pictures of the New Airport as a completed project. The new airport has opened up a whole new era of travel to Panama City Beach, spurred an immensely competitive arena for air travel to Northwest Florida (think $19 flights from Vision to VPS) and has consistently posted numbers three times what the old airport did month over month.
Now, before you look at these pictures, I want to address ONE thing – the lack of people in the shots.
When I was on site taking the pictures, I realized something that I hadn’t before I arrived, or I would have planned this a little better. Flights come in on a schedule (duh), but I didn’t realize that the place would be practically empty in the 2 hours in between flights. Well, it just so happened that when I came on property, the afternoon Southwest jet had just left, full with an afternoon crowd. So, naysayers, before you jump into the comments with accusations that the new airport is empty, realize that the time before each flight leaves, the place is jam-packed. I was asked to come back at 5 am right before the morning flight – I was told the baggage check area is full, almost wall to wall.
So, without further ado, here are the pictures!
The one year anniversary for the opening of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is coming up fast but we figured many of you still haven