Hey Grandma! Southwest Airlines Announced Direct Flights from St. Louis for 2013

by March 2, 2013 • 5 comments

Hey St. Louis residents, looking for a cheap way to get to the beach?  Southwest Airlines just announced direct flights from St. Louis to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) starting March 9th and going through August 10th.  They experimented with daily flights last year from the great midwest to Panama City Beach, and obviously it was successful enough to warrant doing it again!

Last year they ran the non-stop flights from June to August.

So, Grandma, pack your bags, I’m flying you to the beach!

Full Press Release.

PANAMA CITY, FL (February 27, 2013) – After a successful trial in 2012, Southwest Airlines is bringing back a nonstop flight from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). The route begins March 9th and will run every day through August 10th, covering the busy spring break and summer travel seasons in Northwest Florida.

Southwest tested the seasonal flight from June through August of last year and achieved great results. During its two month run, Southwest carried about 16,000 passengers on the roundtrip route between Panama City Beach and St. Louis.

“We are very happy about the return of the nonstop flight to St. Louis,” said Airport Executive Director John Wheat. “St. Louis is a fantastic destination for our locals to visit and at two hours flight time, it makes visiting Panama City Beach much more convenient for those in the Midwest.”

The initial March 9th flight is scheduled to depart from Panama City Beach at 10:05 a.m. while the first flight in is scheduled for a 2:45 p.m. arrival. Subsequently, the route’s regular departure time is 12:05 p.m. with arrival at 2:05 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.southwest.com.

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1 Jeff Clinger (Mooresville Indiana) March 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Hey Southwest, ever notice all the Indiana plates in PCB? Indianapolis would be a good experiment. One new airport to another new airport.


2 Mike G March 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We travel to PCB at least 4 times a year. Would be nice to have a non stop from Knoxville…See alot of TN plates everytime we are there. Would allow me to get to more FSU games also….GO NOLES!!!


3 Sharon Ernst March 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I really wish there were some way you could know how many Louisville, Kentucky residents visit and/or own property in Panama City Beach/Destin/Ft. Walton areas. Once again, after countless letters and requests, Southwest has passed us by with a non-stop flight. Every single airline takes at least five hours to get there, and with the costs and that amount of time, it is still easier to simply drive. Bummer!


4 Linda March 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Chicago please


5 Tony May March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

DTW to ECP please–Detroit Metropolitan Airport–beautiful new Southwest terminal here–too far to drive!!