Friday, December 26, 2014

Southwest releases summer schedule for Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Florida

WEST BAY — Southwest Airlines recently released its 2015 summer flight schedule for Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), which includes five daily flights Sunday through Friday, along with 11 flights every Saturday.

“We are pleased with the summer schedule,” said Airport Director Parker McClellan. “We will be able to have daily service to Baltimore, Nashville, Houston, St. Louis and on Saturdays we will have 11 Southwest flights beginning on June 13, 2015.”

Southwest’s Saturday flights, which will likely continue through early August, also include two flights to a new destination at Dallas Love Field. Other Saturday flights in the summer include three to Houston, and two each to Baltimore, Nashville and St. Louis.

United Airlines also will begin offering twice-daily service from ECP to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) beginning March 8.

Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said the airline’s scheduling decisions are based on the demand created by local customers.

“Any flight addition indicates an investment by our company in providing low fares and great customer service with our people and planes to support travel that Northwest Floridians, and those headed to visit you, would want,” Hawkins said.

For Southwest, that demand varies month-to-month with the area’s seasonal tourist economy.

After providing three daily flights in November and December, Southwest will drop down to just two flights per day in January and February, one each to Nashville and Houston.

In March, the airline will offer six daily flights, including two each to Nashville and Houston, and one flight each to Baltimore and St. Louis.

Through the remainder of the spring and summer, Southwest will have five daily flights, dropping one flight to Houston.

The daily flights scheduled for spring and summer next year show a slight reduction from the six daily flights offered throughout summer 2014 and seven daily flights in March.


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