PANAMA CITY, FL (December 19, 2018) – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) announces brand new non-stop weekend service next summer on United Airlines to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) starting June 8.
“ECP is excited to announce United Airlines will now service non-stop to Chicago (ORD) on weekends next summer,” said Parker McClellan, Jr., airport Executive Director. “This new non-stop service adds to our impressive lineup of enhanced summer service and is meeting the demands of our passengers during peak travel months.”
The new Chicago flights in and out of ECP were among 11 summer routes United announced nationwide in a press release last week.
All ECP airline partners including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are increasing flight activity or adding larger aircraft through the 2019 summer season.
Information on all flight markets can be found by visiting iflybeaches.com, featuring airline ticket links to directly book a flight.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in partnership with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is a proud sponsor of the 10th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival coming to Highway 30A January 18 – 21.
ECP is the official stage sponsor at Caliza Restaurant in Alys Beach, a featured outdoor stage for the festival. The Caliza will play host to nine shows during the festival from over 150 performers.
“ECP has been a sponsor of the 30A Songwriters Festival for seven consecutive years,” said Parker W. McClellan, Jr., A.A.E., Airport Executive Director. “Sponsoring this event is a natural fit for the Airport with more than 72 percent of festival attendees and performers traveling here from out of state and many of them arriving at our Airport.”
The festival lineup includes over 175 artists, 225 performances in 25 venues along Highway 30A. The 30A Songwriters Festival production team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 seats outdoors. Headliners for the 2019 Festival include Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, and Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals with his full band and horn section. Additional confirmed performers include: Steve Poltz, Bob Schneider, David Ryan Harris, Kim Richey, Hayes Carll, Liz Longley, Drivin N Cryin, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Chris Stamey And Peter Holsapple (The Db’s), John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Griffin House, Charlie Mars, Willie Sugarcapps, The Whiskey Gentry, The Mulligan Brothers, Amy Lavere And Will Sexton, Robby Hecht, Tommy Womack, Farewell Angelina and many more to be announced.
"The charm of the 30A Songwriters Festival is that world class musicians perform up and down 30A in dozens of intimate listening rooms thanks to sponsors like ECP,” said Russell Carter, Artist Management. “Artists love to fly down to Florida in January and their excitement is palpable when they are greeted in the airport personally by airport personnel. Holiday travelers’ excitement for the Festival builds in December and January when they recognize the Festival stage artwork displayed throughout the airport.”
The Festival is, as always, a benefit for the non profit Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, which supports artists and non profit cultural events and businesses throughout the county. 100% of the net proceeds from the event are paid to the CAA to help fund its annual budget. For the 10th annual event, a portion of these net proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Michael relief efforts organized on behalf of the many who have suffered devastating losses along the Florida panhandle to the east of 30A.
Today, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) celebrated it’s millionth passenger with a festive water cannon salute and gate welcome to all passengers on the plane marking the occasion. This is the first time in the history of ECP to achieve this milestone in a calendar year.
“Servicing more than 1 million passengers this year is an incredible milestone for our Airport,” said Parker W. McClellan, Jr., A.A.E., airport Executive Director. “Celebrating ECP’s successful growth is a testament to the efforts of our Board, and our partners at the Tourist Development Councils (TDC), the Chambers and the Bay County Economic Development Alliance who are continuing to grow this community as an attractive destination for tourism and new business.”
In 2017, ECP had a record-breaking year servicing 939,437 passengers, a 4.4% increase from 2016.
In addition to the diligent work of the local TDCs and Bay EDA, the success of 2018 is largely due to the addition of American Airlines beginning service at ECP in June, the enhanced seasonal service and new non-stop destinations offered on Southwest Airlines, and the strong commitment to our Region from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Moving into its ninth year in its current location, ECP has experienced unprecedented growth resulting in several carriers now bringing in larger planes to accommodate increasing passenger loads and plans to undertake a $4 million terminal expansion expected to be completed before the summer.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) announces brand new non-stop and returning Southwest Airlines service starting next summer. Brand new service on Southwest Airlines will include a non-stop flight on Saturdays from ECP to Kansas City International Airport (MCI) beginning on June 8 and running through August 5.
Returning Southwest Airlines summer service will include non-stop flights on Saturdays from ECP to popular destinations like Austin (AUS), Chicago (MDW), Denver (DEN) and St. Louis (STL), in addition to year-round non-stop service on Southwest Airlines from ECP to Dallas (DAL), Houston (HOU), Nashville (BNA) and Baltimore (BWI).
“ECP continues to see passenger activity significantly increase during the summer months,” said Parker W. McClellan, Jr., airport Executive Director. “In the summer of 2018, an estimated number of 7,200 passengers traveled through the airport on any given Saturday, and there will be more activity next summer with more flights from Southwest on Saturdays than we’ve ever had before.”
All ECP airline partners including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are expected to increase flight activity or add larger aircraft through the summer season.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) announced today its Escape campaign video has been named a Golden Telly Award winner in the Travel/Tourism category in the 39th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and it is judged by leaders from video platforms, television and streaming networks, agencies, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, and BuzzFeed.
The Escape campaign video is designed to promote the non-stop, direct and connecting flights serviced by ECP’s legacy airline partners – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
“ECP is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators.”
“The staff at ECP along with our marketing partners at The Moore Agency and video production partners at Frame are honored to receive a Golden Telly Award for the ECP Escape campaign video,” said Del Lee, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The Escape campaign has been an integral part of the ECP marketing efforts over the past year, contributing to 2017’s record breaking total passenger count of more than 939K.”
Today’s winner’s announcement caps a year-long initiative by the Telly Awards to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. Throughout 2017-2018 the Tellys refashioned their categories to honor the type of work being made by leading producers, including branded content, social video and animation, as well as working with industry experts to identify important industry categories where technology was playing an impactful role in the ways stories are now being told: Virtual Reality, Interactive and 360 Video. To judge all this new and innovative work, the Tellys recruited over 200 new judges, from companies such as Vimeo, Duplass Productions’ Donut, ustwo, Discovery Networks, VaynerMedia and Framestore.
PANAMA CITY, FL (Jan. 18, 2018) – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) and American Airlines are excited to announce beginning June 7, 2018, American Airlines will be providing new daily air service for passengers.
American Airlines will offer nonstop service to Charlotte Douglas (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airports. The two airports serve as two of American Airlines’ largest hubs, opening up east and west coast destinations for local passengers.
American Airlines operates more than 760 flights daily from DFW providing access to more than 206 destinations over 30 countries, including recently announced service to Iceland and returning service to Venice and Amsterdam this summer. American is also offering passengers even more options through their strong East Coast connector from CLT with more than 675 daily flights to more than 156 destinations in 25 countries .
The world’s largest airline rounds out ECP’s list of elite airline partners as American Airlines joins the ranks of Delta, Southwest and United to bring passengers even more service to destinations across the United States, and seamless global connections.
“We are thrilled to welcome American Airlines to ECP and provide our passengers with more nonstop destinations and easy access to global connections through hubs like Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas,” said Parker W. McClellan, Jr., A.A.E., airport Executive Director. “As we move into our eighth year, we are proud of the growth of our Airport which wouldn’t be possible without the strong support of our local partners and board members.”
This new announcement, in addition to ongoing service from Delta, Southwest and United Airlines, continues to put Northwest Florida on the map and ensure additional opportunities to the Region.
The new year-round American Airlines flights will be operated by a CRJ-700, with nine seats in First and 56 in Main Cabin, for a total of 65 seats.
Passengers may begin booking American Airlines flights to and from ECP on Monday, January 22 by visiting the airline website at americanairlines.com.
Charlotte Douglas flight details:
Schedule effective on June 7, 2018 (operated by CRJ-700)
Depart CLT 11:35 a.m. Arrive ECP 12:25 p.m.
Depart CLT 7:25 p.m. Arrive ECP 8:15 p.m.
Depart ECP 7:45 a.m. Arrive CLT 10:35 a.m.
Depart ECP 3:00 p.m. Arrive CLT 5:50 p.m.
Dallas/Fort Worth flight details:
Schedule effective on June 7, 2018 (operated by CRJ-700)
Depart DFW 12:21 p.m. Arrive ECP 2:28 p.m.
Depart DFW 8:35 p.m. Arrive ECP 10:42 p.m.
Depart ECP 6:00 a.m. Arrive DFW 8:07 a.m.
Depart ECP 1:05 p.m. Arrive DFW 3:12 p.m.
About Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) offers some of the region’s lowest average airfares and is located less than 30 minutes from Panama City Beach, Panama City and the beaches of South Walton. Today, with service from Delta, Southwest, and United, ECP provides daily flights to worldwide destinations, including nonstop flights to Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Charlotte (CLT), Dallas (DAL/DFW), Denver (DEN), Houston(HOU/IAH), Nashville (BNA), St. Louis (STL), Austin (AUS), and Chicago (MDW). The first international airport to be built in more than a decade, ECP provides Northwest Florida communities with first-class facilities and was strategically developed for major economic development opportunities. ECP is the gateway to visitors seeking Northwest Florida’s famous beaches.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.