Millions of families and business travelers on Wednesday got closer to the sugar white sand beaches of Northwest Florida when Southwest Airlines Vice President of Properties, Bob Montgomery, announced this low cost carrier’s fares and destinations for the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, opening in May 2010.
Beginning May 23, 2010, Southwest will offer non-stop service to Panama City Beach, Fl from Baltimore, Md. (BWI), Nashville, Tenn. (BNA), Houston, Tx (HOU) and Orlando, Fl (MCO).
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.
This is exciting news for the region as a whole. The exposure to the Beaches of Northwest Florida will enhance our economy in so many ways from lodging, retail, dining and to our real estate sales market.