The new Panama City Airport is less than 12 months from completion and the on site action is really accelerating. With new construction milestones being made on a weekly basis, new things seem to be growing out of the ground all the time.
The main 8,400 foot runway is 100% complete with final approval still pending from the FAA on the 10,000 foot extension. I have no idea what the hold up is, only that I’ve been told that it is expected soon (they’ve been saying that for months!). Once the approval comes in, however, construction of the runway extension will take less than 60 days. They are also seeding and mulching the main access road for grass. Sand is being installed on the bottom of Pond C.
The terminal construction is making great progress with the metal framing of the exterior walls in Area A on the 1st and 2nd floor helping to define the overall shape of the building. The roof decking in Area A, B and a portion of C are almost complete. The excavation for the pedestrian bridge construction has begun and the fire sprinkler installation in Area A (baggage claim area) has begun as well.
The existing terminal is just over 55,000 square feet. The new terminal more than doubles the size at 120,000 square feet with ample room for ticket counters, baggage claim, TSA offices, and offices for the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau and a business center hosted by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.
The air traffic control tower is growing with the structure over 100 feet tall. The final tower will rise 15 stories into the sky.