Southwest adds direct flights to Panama City

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:17am
Staff reports

Southwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop flights to Panama City, Fla. just in time for Memorial Day, according to an announcement from Nashville International Airport.

Two daily nonstop flights to the area often referred to as part of the Redneck Riviera will begin May 23, 2010.

The airline will also add nonstop flights from Nashville to St. Louis, Seattle and Oakland, just in time for the summer travel season. The additional flights are scheduled May 9-Aug. 13

During the same period, Southwest will also be adding flights to four markets it currently serves from BNA and reducing one of its daily flights to Tampa.

Southwest will add daily nonstop service from Nashville to these new markets:

Kansas City – From three flights to four flights
Las Vegas – From two flights to three flights
Phoenix – From two flights to three flights
San Diego – From one flight to two flights

“Air service to these new markets and expansion of existing air service to several markets is a positive for Nashville International Airport’s customers and strategic partners. Today’s announcement helps expand the Nashville Airports Experience to more passengers and partners,” said Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metro Nashville Airport Authority.

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1 Comment on this post:

By: Time for Truth on 12/17/09 at 12:17

I have mixed emotions on this one. The convenience factor is great for those of us who have historically gone to the Redneck Riviera for vacations. But the new Panama City airport should have never been built. In addition to being an ecological disaster, it will be a gateway for tourists from other regions and countries and will spur more development that will ruin the ambience of the area. The whole coastal panhandle will end up looking like downtown Destin and Panama City Beach- traffic-snarled and full of high rise condos that will make the region a tropical Manhattan.