The proof is in the numbers. More people are flying into Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) than ever before.
Having recently experienced a record June month, travel to and from the airport was up over 8 percent from June 2014, and year to date numbers show that passenger traffic is also up over 8 percent over the same period last year.
Increasing passenger traffic is a sign of a strengthening economy. More people are traveling to Panama City Beach year over year and that’s great news for local businesses, including hotels and restaurants eager to serve its guests.
The airport also has a future growth plan that calls for improvements that could further increase the numbers in the coming years. Called the Airport Master Plan, it’s a 20-year plan for capital improvements, including a new 6,800-foot-long crosswind runway being built in the next six to 10 years.
What was once known as a driving destination, Panama City Beach is seeing more people fly, and the airport allows tourism officials the opportunity to extend its marketing message to attract even wider audiences – perhaps even those who have never been to northwest Florida.