The Federal Aviation Administration has assigned a new three-letter identifier to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International airport now under construction in West Bay, Florida.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport’s three-letter location identifier will be “ECP” when the airport opens in May 2010.
The new airport is replacing Panama City – Bay County International Airport, whose three-letter identifier is “PFN.”
Location identifiers are not interchangeable and cannot be transferred from one location to another or from one airport to another even within the same community. In fact, the first and second letters or second and third letters or third and first letters of a three-letter identifier may not be duplicated with less than 200 nautical miles separation.
“The FAA’s awarding of our new location identifier is another important step in our process to open Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in May,” said Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill.
Construction of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International is 80 percent complete and on track for an opening date of May 23, 2010.
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