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Southwest Airlines Announces Fares And Flights To/From Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Frequent Flyer A
Dec. 16, 2009 — Grab your beach ball, it’s on!  Southwest Airlines brings FUN in the sun to Panama City Beach, Florida!  Flights are on sale today for the much-anticipated May 23, 2010, start of service! The Dallas-based airline will offer a better way to the beach with a total of eight daily nonstop departures:

·         Panama City Beach (ECP) to/from Nashville (BNA) – two daily flights

·         Panama City Beach (ECP) to/from Houston Hobby (HOU) – two daily flights

·         Panama City Beach (ECP) to/from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) – two daily flights

·         Panama City Beach (ECP) to/from Orlando (MCO) – two daily flights

Southwest is offering these new flights with fares as low as $49 each way to Orlando and $69 each way to Baltimore/Washington, Houston, and Nashville with a 14-day advance purchase (see fare rules below). For more information on the new service see our blog post:  

"Southwest Airlines is excited to bring to this brand new, top-notch airport an all-jet Boeing 737 fleet, our generous Bags Fly Free service where we don’t charge you extra for your first two checked bags,  and our outstanding Customer Service,” said Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Properties.  “We have been eyeing this region for a long time and have been extremely impressed by the amount of passion the community has put behind bringing Southwest Airlines to their hometown.”

In addition to the eight daily nonstop flights, Southwest Airlines will offer direct or connecting service to more than 58 destinations from Panama City Beach, including Dallas and Chicago.  Southwest Airlines will operate from Gate 3 at the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport with approximately 30-35 Employees who will call the region home.

When shopping for Southwest online, it’s important to know that Southwest Airlines’ low fares are only available at Not only will Customers find Southwest’s great rates online at, but the site also hosts Southwest’s Travel Guide where Customers can check out insider travel tips posted by those who frequent the Emerald Coast.    

After over 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation’s leading low-fare carrier, continues to stand above other airlines—offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service.  Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom.  Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the nation's largest carrier in terms originating domestic passengers boarded, currently serves 68 cities in 35 states.  Based in Dallas, Southwest operates more than 3,100 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.

Fare Rules
The $49 each way fare between Panama City Beach and Orlando, and the $69 each way fare between Baltimore/Washington, Nashville, Houston Hobby, and Panama City Beach are available for purchase today (only on  or through Dec. 18, 2009, for travel May 23, 2010, through Aug. 13, 2010.  Fares are valid every day of the week. Fares are one-way and do not require an overnight stay. When combining fares, all ticketing restrictions apply. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by day of travel and will not be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares do not include a federal segment tax of up to $3.60 per takeoff and landing.  Fares do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9.00 one-way and U.S. government-imposed September 11th Security Fees of up to $5.00 one-way.  Fares are subject to change until ticketed.  Tickets are nonrefundable but, if unused, may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines.  Fares are valid on Southwest-operated published, scheduled service only and are not available through the Group Desk.   


Southwest Airlines Media Contact: 214/792-4847
Explorer C
Having just driven to and from Houston to St George Island, Frankin Co, FL (about 14 hours) this sounds great!
Explorer C
We are so glad to have SWA flying into NW Florida's Emerald Coast! Will there be an airport shuttle service to the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area?
Explorer C
Southwest BEWARE!!!! Maybe you need to be reading the comments from the readers of the News Herald located in Panama City. Your decision to come to a new airport that 58% of the County voted against will be a doomed. You are choosing to do business with an area that does not want a new airport and DOES NOT WANT YOU!!!!! The only reason you and this new airport are there is because a select few are going to make millions of dollars from the land deals. If you are smart, you'll look into the figures of the number of people that actually use the airport (new or otherwise). It is a doomed venture. Hope your ready to accept it. Read the comments! YOU ARE NOT WANTED!
Explorer C
These flights will be EMPTY during the non peak travel season. Panama City is a REGIONAL beach destination. I don't see people from the Northeast going there...they go Miami, Ft.Lauderdale, Ft.Myers, etc. Panama City does not have a corporate base nor things like a convention industry from which to draw year-round traffic. Pensacola would have been a better choice for year-round traffic. I guess it just goes to show you what subsidies can do.
Explorer C
I am thrilled!.. Quite a few more jobs, which we need. When will they start hiring?? Because I am all about working for SWA!!!. Good Luck!
Explorer C
How about from New Orleans! I would love to just fly there instead of drive there.
Explorer C
This is Florida's Last best kept secret to those living outside the Southeatern US. These are some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, period ! Additionally, the area is affordable and has a great supply of New beachfront Condos to choose from. The waters of the Gulf are Emerald Green and the sand is sugary white and the tempertures are milder than South Florida. Look for some explosive growth in this area! Southwest sees the possibilities, thats why they are here and thats why they are the most successful airline in the US!
Explorer C
I am personally thrilled that SWA is coming to the new airport. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For all those nay sayers obviously you do not have any family in any other part of the country or you would be as excited as I am. Grow up people, this is going to help everyone get affordable travel to connect to family and friends.
Explorer C
I'm so excited about this! Direct flights to visit 30-A...WaterColor, Alys Beach, Rosemary, and Seaside...our families favorite beach vacation spot!
Explorer C
I live 4 miles from where the airport is being constructed. I am exuberantly excited that the airport is coming to the area! I used to be a flight attendant and hope to work at the airport do any position available. I cannot understand why on Earth anyone would not want the airport there. It may be a tad noisier, but it will make our property value rise and the area around us develop. (I imagine these negative comments are coming from the weirdos who actually frowned upon us finally getting city water....I am soooooo happy to have city water, the old water stained my bathroom!) ************ I cannot wait to have the new airport! Welcome ECP!!************