Last month, Southwest announced its intent to serve Northwest Florida’s new international airport near Panama City, Florida. The airport is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in May 2010, which is also when we plan to begin service. Airport planners have been debating what to name the new airport, and have made a decision. The name of the new airport is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The new name emphasizes the Panhandle’s sandy allure for tourists.
Southwest is not yet releasing specific service details, but plan to operate at least two daily nonstop flights each from the airport to four destinations across our 68-airport network for a total of eight daily nonstop flights when we begin. Specific details on our fares and schedules will be available in December 2009.
For more information on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, please visit www.thebeachfla.com.