Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has made great strides since opening its doors. The airport’s board of directors met Thursday afternoon to discuss and share updates on their ‘master plan’ for the first time since 2015.
The airport highlighted recent achievements and shared what the next decade could bring. Their master plan is a tool for long and short term goals, some for five years and others for 20 years.
Airport officials say they have plans underway to realign roads and create more surface-level parking. They also plan to expand their bag handling activities.
As they continue to expand the terminal, the airport’s executive director says there is much to look forward to.
“One of the things that we think is really exciting about it, and as we develop the terminal, is the addition of different food concessions, gift shops and the like. As we grow and demand for passengers increases, the whole airport has to grow with it, ”said Parker McClellan, Managing Director.
In the last year of the old airport, McClellan says he saw about 312,000 passengers pass that year. Now, he says, 1.3 million passengers used the new terminal in 2019 alone.