Airport Nearly Complete With Pictures To Prove It: Control Tower Pics Too

by March 22, 2010 • 31 comments

We spent the afternoon touring the new airport site. From the outside, there is still so much land-work to do one would think the open date set for May 23rd is utterly unreachable. But, once we ventured into the terminal it became clear that the airport will definitely make its date. Already, many of the necessary systems are in place, the drywall is up and tile being laid. The baggage claim area is nearly complete and upstairs 4 of the 7 gate bridges are already in place. We even took the 10 story trip up the control tower and took in the view of the whole place and, man, it looks spectacular. I could bore you with all the superlatives, but, why would I when I have pictures. Take a look.

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1 Jason Koertge March 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

12 photos into the set: Hey, who let that construction worker into the photo?


2 Cebo Campbell March 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

That’s not a construction worker, that’s a male model.


3 Jason Koertge March 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

lol touche!


4 Ellie Cominos March 22, 2010 at 10:29 am

Awesome pictures!!! Fingers crossed for May 23rd!


5 Toby Callerbas March 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

They did a great job in photoshooping out the wetlands.


6 Jason Koertge March 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

lol don’t know how to “photoshop” out wetlands. not that skilled.


7 Lauretta March 23, 2010 at 4:06 am

We are booked on the first direct flight out of Orlando on May 23 should arrive at the new ECP by 8 50 AM Can not wait to be part of history!


8 Rob March 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Our arrival comes at 2pm, SW 3414 out of BNA , this is gonna be great!
Resort is 20 mins away !!! Waiting for National car rental to recognise ECP on their website…


9 Cara Dee March 23, 2010 at 8:36 am

Knew there would be someone with a comment about “wetlands” LOL. Its a great airport, Southwest is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. This is exactely what this area needs to start weaning itself away from the pack of animals they call the Spring Breaker.


10 Dave March 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

Whats Photoshooping Toby?


11 Patricia March 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

How many gates will the new terminal have? Southwest did nothing for our trip to PCB.
They offer us high prices, 2 stops and an 6-8 hr trip depending on the flight. For decent fares and shorter flights we have to stick with Delta now flying NW’s old route through Memphis or taking theirs through Atlanta. We avoid Atlanta at all cost.


12 wayne March 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

Waste of money, great way to destroy the pristine untouched west bay. Hope all you sellouts like living in Orlando. No public parking at the beach, current roads and infrastructure can’t support current traffic, rising utility costs, idiots on the TDC doing the marketing for Spring Break. First new airport to be built from the ground up in the entire US since 9-11, sure hope we “need” it.


13 Tyler March 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Someone had their cup of bitter today. I hate people that hate progress.


14 Charmaine Leigh Albert March 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

SO happy – already booked flights, see you soon !


15 Jess Eberhart March 23, 2010 at 10:12 am

Great pictures. Please keep up the good work. Looking forward to the overall growth to the area due to this airport. This is our financial stimulus. I wonder if we will ever satisfy the negative attitudes —


16 Amanda March 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

So excited about the new airport!! PCB is going to benefit so much from it.


17 Troy Balltes March 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I still find it more convenient and less expensive to fly from Ft Walton Beach. I just booked my flight to Chicago in June and saved over $120. Southwest will help this region, but is by no means the savior everyone says it is.


18 Ron March 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I thought of Cebo as an air traffic controller and then……….the movie, “Airplane” came to mind.


19 Barbara March 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Wonderful photos /grin
We are booked on the 1st flight from Houston….so excited.


20 jamnolfin March 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Most of the bitter people are from the east side of the bridge, theyve always hated progress over there.


21 Anthony Coulingher March 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I too just booked a flight in July and found the fare much less expensive from Ft Walton. Oh well…


22 Don March 25, 2010 at 8:41 am

anyone know the logistics of where this airport is? Sounds crazy, but when I called the TDC they gave me an address that is so knew it is not on GPS or Google. Is there a nearby address I can use for reference and anyone know how far it is from Pier Park.? Thanks


23 Donnie L March 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Take 79 n to 388 and head east. When you find the airport that is under water you are there.


24 Leonie March 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

Can’t wait for the 1st international flight from/to Europe! This will help our Real Estate market in Nortwest Florida for sure. Florida is one of the favorite places for Germans to go to in the cold season. And not everybody likes a Miami atmosphere.


25 Anthony Coulingher March 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm

There won’t be any international flights anytime soon. There just aren’t not enough people in this area to fill such a large airplane. The airport has been called an international airport for years and have never had any international traffic. A geographic location change will not change that either…


26 Jerry Eyler March 27, 2010 at 8:49 am

Nice pictures!

What is the airport address?

We are booked on the first flight from Nashville. You guys covering opening day?


27 Rob March 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

982 State Highway 388, Panama City Beach, FL 32413


28 Rob March 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Do you have any pictures of the fire alarm pull stations and the fire control panel ?


29 TileGirl April 8, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Since the project is 92% complete, where are the terrazzo stairs???