The announcement was made to the world today from the new terminal at the Northwest Florida International Airport, Panama City. Southwest Airlines will have 8 non-stop flights a day to four US locations. The new international airport is schedule  to open in May 2010. Specific details on Southwest’s fares and schedule will be available in December 2009.

Visit Southwest Airlines blog for more.

In the weeks ahead Coastal Vision 3000 will be reaching out to businesses, the military, organizations and community groups to discuss the ways we can support and grow low-cost service.
“Coastal Vision’s focus has been on bringing low-cost service and more competitive airfares to Northwest Florida,” said Runnels. “Southwest Airlines said they were interested in Northwest Florida as a regional destination. It is now our responsibility to come together as a region and maximize this opportunity for everyone and begin looking to the future instead of the past.”
Moving forward, Coastal Vision 3000 will concentrate on supporting low-cost service through promotion of the regional brand, “THE Beach.” Coastal Vision 3000 created THE Beach as a halo brand for Northwest Florida – and as a way to increase tourism across the entire region.

Visit THE Beach’s blog for more.

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