With this summer’s perils, the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport still handled nearly three times as many passengers as the old airport did the same period last year, 446,135 passengers over 160,000 to be exact. On top of that, parking needs have exceeded expectations, pushing the airport board to develop additional permanent parking.
All in all, traffic expectations have been exceeded across the board, especially considering the summer we had on the beach. There is a lot of speculation about the viability of Southwest Airlines maintaining their presence here, though, with average passenger loads weighing in around 64%, but officials are optimistic that 2011 will be much better.
Check after the break to read the full press release.